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Building on from the last blog I’ll go into a bit more detail about goal setting. One approach to set clear and achievable goals is by using the SMART framework. SMART stands for:


Specific – having a goal that is clear and understandable
Measurable – quantifying the goal or what is to be achieved
Achievable – asking yourself whether the goal is realistic
Relevant – making sure the goal you set makes sense with any other bigger goals you have in mind
Time-Bound – nothing what is the timeframe
Again, using whatever categories you like to sort your goals (e.g. financial, health etc.), the SMART framework can help ensure that your goals are achievable within a certain time period. It will help to remove generalising and guesswork, sets a clear timeline, and makes it easier to track progress and identify any hiccups along the way.
An example of a SMART-goal might look like this: My goal is to squat 20kgs heavier by 30 June 2023. I will accomplish this goal by following a gym programme that focuses on lower body strength. I will work with my Personal Trainer to help develop the programme and adjust it based on progress (normally every 6-8 weeks). Doing this will help me take one step closer to improving my overall full body strength by 10 percent by the end of 2023.

Knowing how to set goals using a framework like SMART can help you succeed in setting and attaining goals, no matter how large or small! Remember you don’t need to do this all alone, seek the help of loved ones, trainers or anyone who has expertise in the area your goal falls under.