I’m not a huge acronym fan unless they’re hip-hop based. But, SMART just works so well for this one - so I’ll go with it.
Specific - Fairly self-explanatory, but basically this involves getting to the root of what you actually want. So, instead of a vague “lose weight”- give yourself an amount, item of clothing you want to fit in to, or a feeling you want to have instead.
Measurable - Define how you’ll know you’ve succeeded. Is it a simple yes or no? Or do you need a different way to qualify it?
However you choose to measure your success, make sure it reflects the way you’ve structured your goal.
Actionable - These are the steps you’ll take on the path to reach your goal. Consider if you have all the resources you need or equipment necessary.
If you end up with loads of action steps - it’s maybe worth breaking your goal down into smaller, more achievable goals. (Plus, when you smash each one, you’ll get a bonus hit of endorphins).
Relevant - It’s really common to have too many goals on the go at the same time, or to end up putting too much energy into the wrong goals.
Find out by comparing the amount of effort you’re going to need to put into your goal, versus how much value it’s going to bring you. Ideally - low effort, high value is the sweet spot for most goals
Time-Bound - By giving yourself a time-frame, you can make an action plan to complete each step so you know if you’re on track - or, if you need to re-plan a bit.
Being smart about your goal-setting is a good way to avoid trapping yourself in constant pursuit of perfection, or ending up in procrastination hell.
But, it’s also worth a mention that goals are for life, not just for January - and making goal-setting a constant practice in your life is an awesome way to win big, and get shit done.
You might have even noticed a goal-setting section in the booklet that comes with your Heights subscription of brain food…