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.
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.
When you make a recipe for the first time, do you measure every ingredient?
You do if you want the recipe to turn out like the picture in the cookbook!
When you shop online and aren’t sure what size to order, what do you do?
You go to the size chart and check the measurements so you can order an accurate size without the hassle of returning an item.
The might is in the measured.
To be S.M.A.R.T., you must measure when setting goals.
Let’s look at weight loss. When a woman wants to lose weight, I rarely hear them say, “I want to lose a little.”
No. Instead, they are very clear about losing 5 pounds, 20 pounds, or 100 pounds.
They put a number on it. They place a value on their goal so that they can measure their progress.
And, that’s exactly what measuring does.
It allows you to know precisely what to do.
If we stick with the weight loss theme:
A woman wants to lose 30 pounds. She is not sure how long it will take her but she would...
I turned 45 years old last month and my body acts differently. I noticed it when I became part of the “over 40” category.
Now, I’m not complaining about my age. I celebrate every 45 of those years and I don’t cringe at each birthday when it comes around. I have learned so much in my 45 years and my attitude is that “I’m just getting started!”
Here’s the conundrum though. My mind loves to say “Yes!” yet my body sometimes says “No!”
Have you ever experienced that?
Maybe you are an athlete reading this and you can remember the exact day when you ran down the field, cut to one side, and your mind said you were going to get the ball but your body said “Excuse me, your knee just went the opposite way.” Yea, that ACL tear wasn’t fun.
Or, maybe you are in your 40’s like me and you spend hours cleaning out the garage, weeding, planting flowers, spreading mulch, and thinking about your great...
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