What Could Setting Monthly Goals Do For You

Did you set a bunch of New Year’s goals? Are they already failing after just a few weeks? Sit down with your goals and really look at them.

Are they S.M.A.R.T. goals? As in, Specific? Measurable? Attainable? Realistic? Timely?

Is your goal to lose 50 pounds by December of next year? Sounds a little daunting doesn’t it? Have you set this goal before and by August you realize you’ve actually gained weight?

Try breaking those goals down into more manageable goals for each month. Then take those monthly goals and break them down by week.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

  • Specific – lose 50 pounds
  • Measurable – pounds lost/clothing sizes reduced
  • Attainable – break it down by month (start small, build on yourself)
  • Realistic – Yes!
  • Timely – 11 months

What if you set a goal to change your eating habits in January?

Then in February you set a goal to do 5 push-ups, 15 jumping jacks, and walk for 15 minutes every day?

Come March you may already feel comfortable enough to increase that workout to 10 push-ups, 30 jumping jacks, and a 30-minute walk.

Maybe in March, you set a goal to go to the gym 1-2 times a week and get a personal trainer to work with you every other week or once a month.

Did you see a change in yourself? Does your goal feel more attainable now? You may have to revise your 50-pound goal in six months to toning and strengthening your body since you already lost weight.

Challenge yourself to set monthly and even weekly goals.