Do You Have S.M.A.R.T Goals?

We all have goals in life, right?

These goals could be:

Personal Goals:

Losing weight, changing your eating habits, making more time for yourself.

Educational Goals:

Getting a higher degree, learning a new skill, raising your GPA.

Career Goals:

Getting a promotion, expanding your clientele, opening your own business.

Financial Goals:

Starting a retirement fund, saving for a house/car, making investments.

Short-term Goals:

Goals that will be achieved in a day, week, or possibly a few months.

Long-term Goals:

Goals that will be achieved in one year, five years, or even twenty years from now.

Goals are important because they help keep you focused and moving along a path toward a rich and rewarding life. Regardless of the type of goals you are making, they should all be S.M.A.R.T!

Thanks to a recent post by our Healthy Eating Champion CJ Weaber we can all Get S.M.A.R.T about goal setting!  S.M.A.R.T is a quick and easy acronym to use when setting effective goals.


The more specific you are when writing your goals, the easier it is to know when you’ve completed them.


Making your goals measurable allows you to observe the progress you have made.  Instead of saying “I will work out more” make the goal measurable by saying “I will work out at least TWICE each week.”


Your goals must be REALISTIC.  It would be silly to set a goal to work out every day of the week if you haven’t worked out in weeks/months/years.  Setting an unrealistic goal is like setting yourself up for failure.


It feels great to accomplish your goals!  But if you are setting such minuscule goals that these accomplishments aren’t making a positive impact in your life, then why work toward them in the first place?  Keeping in mind that you need to be realistic, it is also important to challenge yourself and make your goals worth working toward.


You MUST have a “deadline” associated with your goals.  Otherwise it is far too easy to push your goal to the back of your head and put it on the list of things you’ll do tomorrow.

It is important to keep in mind that you are capable of doing anything, but you cannot do everything.  It is great to have a list of  goals, but it is also important to focus on one or two goals at a time.  Attempting to achieve too many goals at once may leave you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.  Instead, prioritize your goals and leave yourself room for mistakes.  Perhaps you didn’t accomplish your goal in the time frame you originally had in mind. That’s OK!!  The effort you have put in and the progress you have made is not lost! Instead of giving up, take a small break to refocus your efforts.  Remind yourself of why you are trying to accomplish your goal in the first place.  You may even need to readjust some of your goals to compensate for unforeseen events.  The important thing is that you don’t give up!

Setting and reaching your goals can help you live a Healthy, Happy, Whole life!  So be a smart cookie and make all of your goals S.M.A.R.T!!

“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” Fitzhugh Dodson

What is YOUR destination?

The Intern Behind the Plate,


Healthy,  Happy, Whole is a blog written and maintained by CJ Weaber. CJ is one of Around the Plate’s Healthy Eating Champions and is a member of thePlate Community. As a Healthy Eating Champion, CJ is on a journey to find balance, health and happiness, one meal, one snack, one nutrient at a time!  Find other healthy eating champions, nutrition experts, and recipe gurus on our community blog network.