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Tales of a Recovering Fat Man - Issue #18 - Being “SMART” About My Goals


Wednesday, January 05, 2011


“I am so smart, I am so smart, S-M-R-T . . . I mean S-M-A-R-T”
- Homer Simpson

In many a business school and in the corporate world, goal setting is a very important part of each company, department, division, and individual. The first thing that they teach about goal setting is making your goals “SMART”. In many companies, goals are set, loosely based on SMART principles, but by the time they are filtered to the lower levels but in the end, most people find them meaningless. There are several reasons for that, the least of which is the lack of personal ownership and development of and individual’s goals.

However, the SMART goal principles themselves are solid and feel like this is a great application of the idea outside of the business world. Not to mention I feel the need to set some goals for 2011 that are realistic and fun (Thanks GRACEFULIFE for the kick in the butt blog). www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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For those of you in corporate America, I’m sure that many of you know what SMART means. For everybody else, or those who forgot, SMART is an acronym for how goals should be set to enable the greatest likelihood of success. I’ve seen a lot of stuff about goal setting on the site, but haven’t seen this methodology discussed. Plus I’ve added one extra letter to make it “SMARTY”. Fun huh?

S – Is for Specific, the more specific the better.
M – Is for Measurable. If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.
A – Is for Attainable. Make goals far reaching, but not totally out of reach
R – Is for Realistic. Are you willing and able to put the time and effort toward the goal?
T – Is for Time-Based. When do you want to reach the goal and when will you review?
Y – Is for Yours. Take ownership of your goals. They are yours to do with as you wish.

There is a lot more info in other corners of cyberspace about SMART goals, if you want or need more info about it, or I can go on a long diatribe via e-mail if you’re that bored!

Now that the business lesson is done, on to my health/fitness goals of 2011:

1) Lose 50 lbs (as of 12/20/10) to weigh in at 220 lbs by 12/31/11
2) Log 150 minutes of physical activity per week for at least 45 weeks in 2011
3) Complete Couch-to-5K program (again) and participate in at least (2) 5K events by 8/31/11
4) Log at least 150 miles on my bicycle for 2011
5) Maintain average fasting blood sugar levels below 120 for 2011
6) Maintain average BP of 120/80 for 2011
7) Review goal progress monthly and adjust or update goals quarterly (March, June, & September)

So there it is. I hope to keep the blog updated with regular progress, so stay tuned.
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BUZYBEEDEBRA 1/7/2011 12:50PM

    I have one main goal for 2011 - and that is to lose 11% body fat by New Year's Eve - 12/31/11.

Everything else revolves around that one goal.

So here's to a great SparkTackular Year !

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RAINBOWFALLS 1/5/2011 10:52AM

    SMART goals! emoticon

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