- Specific: ambiguous goals like improving strength leave you to wonder what “strength” means (i.e. upper vs lower body, overall, etc.).
- Measurable: at what point can you determine the goal has been achieved?
- Attainable: consider your lifestyle and ability to commit effort to a goal – is this genuinely one you believe you can reach?
- Relevant: is this something you actually want or something you believe others expect of you?
- Timely: giving yourself a deadline will help you plan out how best to proceed. For instance, given a specific deadline, will you need to exercise 1-2 times each week or will you need to do more?
An example of a SMART goal might be to lose 10 pounds before the New Year. It’s specific in what you want to achieve and when. Additionally, with six months to go, it may be attainable if you’re willing to put in the work!