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Goal Setting in the New Year – How to Write S.M.A.R.T Goals

It’s the end of December and January 1, 2023 is approaching fast! Now, there are those who will say “don’t wait until the New Year to start working toward your goals” and we agree. However, if you are someone who believes in the idea of a “fresh start” in the new year, this is for you. The new year brings a time of reflection over the past 12 months along with anticipation for the year ahead. And why not start with some goals toward self-improvement. 

The best way to plan and outline a goal (this goes for weight loss, gym gains, financial goals, relationship goals…you name it)…is to be SMART



S.M.A.R.T represents one of the most well known goal-setting techniques. There are some variations to S.M.A.R.T, but this is the one we like to use 😊.


S – Specific: Target a specific area for improvement. The more specific the goal, the easier it is to reverse engineer that goal into smaller, more achievable goals. For example, instead of creating a goal to exercise more often, you might create a goal to exercise 3 times per week (and even more specifically, MWF). This is much more specific and gives you an easier roadmap to follow. 


M – Measurable: We will use the same health and wellness goal from above. If we plan on going to the gym 3 times per week, which days of the week? MWF? And also, if the reason we are going to the gym is to lose weight, how much? Pick a measurable number, like 20# over the course of 6 months.  


A – Achievable/Attainable: Goals should not be too easy to achieve—but you also want to make sure you’re setting goals that are conceivable. For example, one could say “I already have a base understanding of how to exercise, so I think going to the gym 3 times per week is something I can handle”. 


R – Relevant: Is the goal of working out 3 times per week relevant to your life? Is getting healthier, losing weight, gaining muscle, etc. the type of life you want to live? If so, this is a great goal! In addition to relevance, goals must also be realistic. 


T – Time Bound: Specify when you will achieve your desired outcome. Remember, be specific. Set a date and hold yourself accountable. 



Our disorganized thinking often prevents us from reaching our goals. Holding yourself accountable, being disciplined and understanding the why behind your goals will set you up for success. 


If you need an accountability partner, let us know! Our doctors of PT at Renew Health will help you set and achieve your goals. 



Best of luck in the New Year, 


💛 A and B

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