SMART Goals- Part 1

Happy New Year from Imagine Hope Counseling Group!  We hope this new year brings you many blessings and hope for the future.  For many of us, setting goals is a tradition that we do this time every year...only to lose momentum in a few weeks or months.  Our good intentions get lost in the shuffle and busyness of life, our goals were not attainable or realistic, etc.  

This week at Imagine Hope we will be discussing some ways to set better goals--using the SMART acronym.  SMART stands for Simple, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Oriented.  We hope you find this helpful as you carefully consider your resolutions for the New Year.


Too often, we set goals that are way too complicated, and then wonder why we don't achieve them.  We intend to boil the ocean, when all we really need to focus on is one single pot of water.  This is where simplifying your goal may be beneficial.

For example, let's say you want to lose 50 pounds.  That's a significant amount of weight!  So you start January 1st with exercise, diet, no alcohol, or sweets.  After one week, you've lost 2 measly pounds, which means you still have 48 to go.  48 pounds is a significant amount of weight!  You get overwhelmed, so you give up and go get a cookie.  There goes that resolution!

How can you simplify this goal?  I would suggest breaking it down into smaller, more attainable goals.  What if you gave yourself a goal of losing 10 pounds?  Simplifying your goal/breaking it down into small goals may help you to be more successful.

Keep reading this week as we give you more tips for setting SMART goals!

Written by Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW

*Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group.  Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling.  Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.

Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.