Attainable Goals

SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) goal setting concept presented on blackboard with colorful crumpled sticky notes and white chalk handwriting It is that time of year again when we start thinking about making next year a little better than this one. I typically start my goal setting around October with the hope of getting a little bit of a head start on the coming year. A good friend of mine who has had incredible success over the past several years has a very simple formula he follows in business. He looks at his business over the past 12 months and determines which 20% of things he does that produces the least results and he removes them completely from his plans for the coming year. Even if that 20% is producing income, or showing some productivity he cuts it out of his plan with the intent of replacing it with something new.

My goals for the coming year at pretty modest. There are couple of books I want to complete writing, some business investments I want to make, but most urgent is the need to get back in shape.  For the past couple of years I have let my weight drift up and down (mostly trending upward), so I am committed to getting back in the shape I was 5 years ago when I first started my Advocare program. Like the graphic indicates, the best goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound.  Knowing that I wanted to lose weight I registered for a Warrior Dash on February 11, 2017 to provide me a deadline for my goal.  Here is my plan to reach my goal:

  • Specific:  Yes, my goal is to be at 170 lbs. with increased muscle mass by February 11th.
  • Measurable: Today I sat down and determined how much weight I would have to lose daily. Stretching it over 60+ days it is a very small daily goal, but I wrote my target weight for every day from now until February 11th in my daily calendar to allow me to track my progress.
  • Attainable: On a day to day basis the numbers seem so small that achieving them should not be a problem. Entering into my 10 Day Cleanse, I should be able to get ahead of the curve and stay there throughout the process.
  • Relevant:  Better health, greater productive, positive feelings of self-worth, I would consider all of those items pretty relevant.
  • Time-bound: There is no wiggle room on my time-table. I have a goal within a goal this time round. I ran the Warrior Dash in 2012 after losing 47 lbs. I still have my time posted on my runners number in my office. My secondary goal is to beat the time I ran nearly 5 years ago.

Now that this particular goal is clearly set in my daily calendar, I plan to take the same approach to other goals I have for the coming year. 2017 is already looking like another great year. Don’t wait to set your goals. Get started now and make 2017 great.

One more thing: Make sure God is at the center of all your dreams and ambitions and if fellowship with the saints hasn’t been part of your weekly disciplines in 2016, let me encourage you to get back to church in 2017.

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