Be SMART about your Lifestyle change goals

Change can be difficult – and it may not last, the goal will tell you. You can choose which is your goal – a dress or a new you. No matter which of the change goals you set a SMART plan is what will bring you there.

Be SMART about lifestyle change

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that this is not work – because it is. Like any project, or task it takes planning and projecting.

If you are choosing to change permanently it takes days, months and years to get there. Now – you panic…. Don’t do that! This is the most rewarding and enjoyable journey I have ever taken. And, while I so wish I would have done it sooner – it is never too late (not too early for that matter :))

“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.”
Spanish Proverb

SMART

SMART is a mnemonic , giving criteria to guide in the setting of objectives, for example in project management, employee performance management and personal development. The letters broadly conform to the words specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.  SMART criteria – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Why do we talk about these theories here? A road without a map often leads to nowhere – and to reach your destination you need a way there. With a big challenge ahead, it becomes easier to see and understand if you can divide it into smaller chunks. A bit size menu which can be sampled every hour, day, week, month and year.

Desert picture to illustrate need for a map

GPS or road map will get you there!

It is so much more rewarding to check off what has been done, and that large visionary cloud becomes a reality. No longer a vision in the horizon – but a very real part of your life. Something you are achieving for you – permanently.

When setting any goal you need a road to get there – and Lifestyle change is just the same.

To make it easier to get and fun, I use my own version of SMART from the actual model – with the same principles. You can find the details here, and start your own fun too. Are you inspired?

First set your goal….. But – here is the catch. You need a map to get there – otherwise it will remain a goal, but not reality. A good plan, with real achievable mini goals will get you there.

It has to be something can feel you can do, something you can see and feel, and something you feel rewarded by. Use the SMART model – visualise what you want to feel like in 1 year, six months, 2 months from now…

SMART model for lifestyle change

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