If you have ever listened to Anthony Robbins, you’d know that he stresses the importance of setting goals. It took me ages to embrace that advice! But I have to admit that Anthony is absolutely right! Without goals, you are a ship without a rudder and you are going nowhere fast! Goals keep you on a defined track, moving forward, unmoved by distractions. Without goals, there is nothing to strive for. Is there any point in being enthusiastic if there is nothing to be enthusiastic about?
Without goals, you go here and you go there and you end up wasting a lot of your time and energy in the process. You’re just drifting. When you set goals for yourself it becomes possible to see yourself, in your mind’s eye, accomplishing the goals! This new vision gives you the motivation, the enthusiasm, the boost, the energy you need to take positive steps in that direction. You want to act on your new vision!
I now have my goals printed out on ‘post-it’ notes on my bathroom mirror and on the refrigerator! Those little notes are now like a beacon in the night. My goals are in front of my eyes every single day and I can now say, along with Anthony Robbins and so many others, that setting a goal for yourself is probably the single most important thing you can do!
SMART wellness goals are goals that aim to improve your physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual, or financial well-being by following a specific framework. SMART is an acronym that stands for:
- Specific: Your goal should be clear and precise, answering the questions of who, what, why, where, and which.
- Measurable: Your goal should have criteria and indicators that allow you to track your progress and success.
- Achievable: Your goal should be realistic and within your capabilities, considering your resources and limitations.
- Relevant: Your goal should align with your values, vision, and long-term plans, and contribute to your overall well-being.
- Time-bound: Your goal should have a deadline or a timeframe that creates a sense of urgency and motivation.
Some examples of SMART wellness goals are:
- I will drink at least 8 glasses of water every day for the next month to stay hydrated and healthy.
- I will meditate for 10 minutes every morning before work for the next 3 months to reduce stress and improve my focus.
- I will pay off $5000 of my credit card debt by the end of the year by saving 10% of my income every month and cutting down on unnecessary expenses.
SMART wellness goals can help you create positive and lasting changes in your health and well-being by providing you with a clear direction, a plan of action and a way to measure your results. You can use various sources of information and guidance to help you set and achieve your SMART wellness goals, such as books, articles, courses, apps or coaches.
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