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SMART goals

People who succeed in making big changes in their life focus on one goal at a time, and one goal only. Don’t even think about stopping smoking, losing weight and becoming more active at the same time.

These are all good goals and you may be in a hurry to get your life back on track, but ask yourself “how important is each goal to me?” and “how confident am I that I can take steps to achieve this goal?”

These questions can help you decide which goal is right for you now.   You will be more successful if you focus on one goal and make it a SMART goal.  

FOR EXAMPLE:

SMART imageThe goal of “getting fit” doesn’t tell us what you are going to do or when; and there’s no easy way of determining if, or when, you’ve reached your goal.

Walking for 30 minutes at a brisk pace every day within one month is a SMART goal. It’s specific, you can measure it by timing your walk and logging daily activity, it’s achievable and realistic for most people and it describes the time commitments you will need to make.

The next step is to pick three relatively simple steps that will get you closer to that goal.

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