Now that you have reviewed and completed the "Wheel of Wellness" worksheet, it's time to start getting SMART about that major goal you want to accomplish. To get SMART when planning your wellness journey means that the goals you set should be: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound.
SPECIFIC: Your goal should be something that is clear and concise so that it is not too general or all encompassing. For example, instead of saying your goal is to "work out more", try to set a goal of getting the at least 30-60 minutes of physical activity per day.
MEASURABLE: Not only should your goal be specific, it should also be something that you can measure and keep track of. Measuring your progress will be a great way to hold yourself accountable. Take advantage of mobile apps like MyFitnessPal or Streak to help you keep track of your goals.
ATTAINABLE: While it's great to "shoot for the stars" your health and wellness goals should still be attainable. A goal that is too out of reach can be too overwhelmining. On the other hand, a goal that is too easy to complete may not be as motivating compared to one that presents a challenge but is also achievable. In order to create an attainable goal check to ensure have the tools, resources and information you need to make this goal attainable.
REALISTIC: It is important that the goals you create for yourself are realistic and relevant to where you are at the beginning of your health and wellness journey. Being mindful and realistically looking at where you are in your health and wellness journey will help to prevent set-backs or would like to be will help to prevent set backs
TIME-BOUND: Giving yourself a deadline will not only help you to get started but also prevent you from putting off your goal.
Here are a few simple but SMART goal examples that you can use to help create yours.
- I want to work out more --> I will work out 5 days per week for at least 30 minutes beginning on Sunday.
- I want to drink less sugary drinks --> I will drink at least 16. oz per water everyday beginning next week on Tuesday.
- I want to eat healthier --> I will have a 1 cup of fruits or vegetables with each meal.
- I want to eat out less --> I will bring lunch to work at least 4 days of each week beginning this month.
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