Today I simply want to break down what a SMART goal is.
A SMART goal is an acronym for the following:
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Relevant
T – Time-Based
This framework is great as it enables you to create a solid point of focus for you to aim for. It takes you away from vague and general goals and creates a very specific target for you to work towards. Using this framework also helps you set up and refine your plan to be able to achieve those goals.
Here is an example of how it would be used for a fitness goal:
Specific – Run 10km in 50 min on relatively flat terrain.
Measurable – Measuring Time (50min) & Distance (10km), this gets used to breaking down your training.
Achievable – Is this achievable? If I have never run 10km in my life then maybe putting a time frame on it wouldn’t be necessary, instead of running 10km without stopping could be my first goal.
Relevant: Is this goal relevant to my overall health and fitness goals, do I enjoy running, and do I want to become faster over a longer distance? If so, then this goal is perfect.
Time-Based: When will you achieve this or when is the deadline? It would depend on what’s achievable for you, taking into account the training you would be able to do.
Give it a try for yourself and create a SMART goal that you can start working towards.
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