Thursday, April 27, 2017

Goal Setting

By Staci Brandenburg, RN

At some point in time, everyone has a set a goal.  The results may have been a mixture of success or failure. The following are a few tips that might help increase the successes! It is called SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timed.

  •       What is the goal?
  •       When is it going to happen?
  •       Where is it going to happen?
  •       How often is it going to happen?
  •       How much or how far?
  •       How long will it take to accomplish the goal? 
  •       When is it going to start?

For example: I am going to lose ten pounds starting on Monday, May 1, 2017, by keeping a food diary to help maintain my calorie intake at 1500 calories a day for the month of May.

Great! Now a goal has been set! How confident/certain, on a scale of 0-10, are you that you will reach this goal? If the answer is less than seven, what can be changed in the goal that will increase your certainty to seven or more?

“Well, I am going to be gone on vacation for five days in May. So, I am going to say I am going to lose six pounds between May 1 and May 22 by keeping a food diary to help maintain my calories per day at 1500. That would make my confidence level an eight.”

Another factor that will help with goal success is having someone check with you periodically at preset intervals, i.e., my BFF is going to call me in two weeks to check-in on how I am progressing toward my goal. Since the time frame is three weeks for reaching my goal, I am going to ask my BFF to check with me on May 10.

Evidence has shown that by doing goals in this manner, the chances for success are increased! Happy goal setting!


Brief Action Planning. (n.d.). Retrieved April 26, 2017, from learn/brief-action-planning/ Taken from the Brief Action Planning Trainers' Material.

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