This week we are going strong into the New Year with SMART goals. We all usually think of things we want to work on, change, or see happen with the start of a new year. SMART goals is a suggestion that can help keep things easy- Simple, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time Oriented. If you haven't read the first 3 days, it's definitely worth your time to read the suggestions. Today is keeping things realistic.
It is good to dream and to aim high. But one common mistake people make is they don't set realistic goals for themselves. They might see the neighbor run a marathon and decide to run one....2 months after knee surgery. That is not realistic. But that same person could set more realistic goals of the following:
1. I am going to do all my physical therapy exercises as prescribed.
2. I will start running when released by my doctor and physical therapist.
3. I will then set a goal for another marathon once I am fully recovered.
This person is not giving up on the goal, they are just being more realistic.
Being realistic is important because if you're not, then having Simple and Measurable goals (following the SMART goals) won't work anyway. They can be simple and measurable but if they aren't realistic, they will unfortunately fail.
Tomorrow Joleen will talk about our last piece- Time Oriented. Thank you for reading! Happy New Year and good luck with your SMART goals!
Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC LCAC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville