Quotes: “You cannot expect to attain success if you are not prepared. Life has a habit of giving back rewards in proportion to the effort we expend.” Catherine Pulsifer
What specific elements make-up the Small Dose S.M.A.R.T. Methodology?
Specific: A general goal would be, “Get in shape and lose weight.” But a specific approach would be, “Join a health club and workout 3 days a week for the next 12 months..” A specific written goal has a far greater chance of being accomplished because it has defined boundaries and specific steps that need to be taken to great a new and positive habit..
Measurable: There must be a tracking system for measuring the progress toward completing a change goal. To determine if your goal is measurable, ask yourself questions like: What are my change targets? How much time will I commit on a daily basis? How long will these changes take if I stick at them? How will I know when I have achieved my change objectives ? When you measure your progress and provide rewards along the way, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and then reap the benefits of achievement that spurs you on to make these outcomes a habit for living life in a more constructive way.
Achievable: To achieve, a goal must represent a change in thinking about the “status quo” and future state you desire. You need to stretch yourself from your present reality to a belief that challenges you to take on new and more demanding activities that you are willing and able to build into a better life style. In other words, the goal must be challenging and realistic give your present abilities and circumstances. The big question here is: How can you achieve your personal change goals? One Smart step at a time is you path to success when events and life situations feel overwhelming.
Relevant: Relevance stresses the importance of meaning to you. You must own the change and believe it can make a difference in your “quality of life”. So choose goals that matter to you not ones other tell set for you.
Time Bound: A goal must be grounded within a time frame, giving the goal a target date. A commitment to a deadline helps you focus your efforts on the completion of the goal on or before the due date. This part of the S.M.A.R.T. goal criteria is intended to prevent goals from being overtaken by your present objections and daily distractions.
Self-Coaching Challenge: Pick a habit to change or goal to accomplish in the next 24 hours. Then get started executing your small dose SMART- STEP PROCESS PLAN. i I can ensure you it will be will worth the effort. By making this commitment for personal change the rewards of choice and self-empowerment will lift and inspire you to new heights of living a higher quality of life that once seemed out of your reach. Good Luck and remember if you stumble along the change path just get back up and try again!!