Set SMART Goals
One of the strategies that career and life coach Allison Task uses with her clients is SMART goal setting. SMART is an acronym for the ideal characteristics of goals:
Specific: Goals should be detailed.
Measurable: You should have criteria for measuring your progress.
Attainable: Do you have the ability to achieve what you want?
Relevant: Your goals should be consistent with your values.
Time-bound: Goals should have a timeframe for completion.
"By using this framework, you are more likely to achieve the goal, because you will think through the specifics of what needs to happen for you to do it," Task said. A bad goal, for example, would be, "I need to lose weight." Task said a SMART goal example would be, "I will lose 25 pounds over the next six months in time for my best friend's wedding."
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