Reality Check

Let’s keep it REAL today!

We’ve been talking about being S.M.A.R.T. - this is part 4 of a 5-part series on setting S.M.A.R.T. goals and today we are going to look at being REALISTIC.

In my last blog, Attainable Stainable, I used the example of someone wanting to lose 100 pounds in 30 days.

Not only is this unattainable but it also not realistic.

I also showed the example of a person who has never run before and wants to participate in a 50-mile ultra-marathon next week.

Again, this not being realistic.

Setting an attainable and realistic goal often go together but they are a little different.

An attainable goal is a goal that is challenging yet not outrageous.

  • Running a 50-mile ultra-marathon with no running experience is outrageous!


A realistic goal is a goal that someone thinks that they can actually achieve, is physically able to achieve it,  AND is willing to do the work to achieve it. 

  • Running a 50-mile ultra-marathon with the experience of 5 completed marathons, a training plan, and a coach to help prepare you for the event makes this goal very realistic and possible

It’s kind of like waking up one day and saying that you are going to buy a restaurant because you like to cook.

If you have no prior knowledge of owning a business or how to run a restaurant, this might not be attainable or realistic without you going bankrupt because you have no idea what you are doing.

On the other hand, let’s say you love cooking and you’ve been taking orders from friends who love your stuff. You decide to start a catering business out of your kitchen and the next thing you know, you are making more money with your side hustle catering business than with your part-time job. You decide to open up a restaurant. 

This is an attainable and a realistic goal because you have the experience and you have a customer base already following you and loving your stuff.

Be S.M.A.R.T.

Set both attainable and realistic goals to set yourself up for success!


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