Happy New Year! Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions/goals yet? If not, then this blog post is for you! At BB360, we are constantly making and revising our goals. We find that this helps us continuously improve our program, our services, and ourselves. We wanted to share our goal writing strategy with you. We use a popular goal-writing framework called SMART goals. Are you wondering how to write a SMART goal? Thought you would never ask! Here’s how you do it…
S: Make your goal specific. Whether your goal is a small or big one, make it specific vs general (e.g., I want to eat 6 servings of fruits and vegetables per day vs I want to eat healthier). It also helps to answer these “wh” questions (Who is involved? What do I want to accomplish? Where will I do this? When will I have this goal achieved? When will I do this? Why am I doing this?) to land more specificity.
M: Make your goal measurable. Find a way to measure your progress (how much? how many?) and set dates to know when you’ve accomplished your goal. For example, you will have met your “eating healthy” goal when you have eaten 6 servings of fruits and vegetables for 30 days in a row.
A: Make your goal actionable or attainable. In other words, you can actually do something to make your goal happen. Not only can you identify doable steps to make the goal happen, but you have the attitude, beliefs, abilities, and financial resources to make the goal happen.
R: Make your goal realistic. A realistic goal is one that you are both willing and able to do. It’s not just about setting a goal that’s not too high or too low, but also one that you are personally invested in. More than anything, you want to be personally connected to the goal in some way, as this is what gets you through some of the natural discomfort that comes with building new behaviors.
T: Make your goal timely. All goals need a deadline. If there is no deadline, there is no urgency, and without urgency, we don’t usually commit to making behavior changes. Giving ourselves a reasonable deadline helps us get and stay motivated.
We know first-hand that changing behavior is hard. We also know that there’s hope when we have effective strategies and awesome support. To get 2016 started off with a bang, we encourage you to write a SMART goal and identify a person in your life that will help you attain this goal. If you’re in a sharing mood, post your goal below and we’ll throw some extra love your way! Happy New Year!