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How to keep our commitments – SMART goals

How to keep our commitments

Surveys show that each year the majority of people make resolutions and unfortunately over 80% of those are broken within three months. 

Coaching helps to set SMART goals and to stay focused on them. SMART goals are means to clarify your ideas, focus your efforts, use your time and resources productively and increase your chances of achieving your goals.

To make your goal a SMART one, it needs to conform to the following criteria:

Specific – answer the six questions: Who? What? Where? When? Which? Why?
Measurable – measure your progress with questions: How much? How many? How will I know if it is accomplished
Achievable – investigate whether the goal really is attainable and acceptable to you.
Realistic – you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be
Time-based – a goal should be grounded within a time frame 

Most goals are overly ambitious on a long term horizon; they are often too far in the future and too large to remain motivating. 

Why not think of a small goal you want to set right now? 

Focusing less on long-terms resolutions and more on the near-terms SMART goals helps to stay motivated; for example focus less on your long-term resolution to lose 30 pounds, and focus more on goals such as doing cardio exercise 2-3 times by week and following Canada’s Food Guide.

People often give up after breaking their resolutions. Coaching can help avoid all-or-nothing thinking and overcome one bad day with more focus and effort on the next. Those who keep their commitments do have slip-ups but they view those setbacks as reasons to increase efforts rather than give up.

SMART goals can be used in all aspects of life. With SMART goals you will find that having some clarity about what you want to achieve can make all the difference between success and failure.

Coaching can support you in setting SMART goals and creating verifiable trajectories towards a certain objective. The goals help establish clear milestones and an estimate of the goal’s attainability. 

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