By RAYT721 Latest Reply 2014-07-31 19:51:43 -0500
Started 2014-07-27 08:06:42 -0500

Nobody's perfect!

If you are striving for perfection in life, sadly you will be disappointed. This fact is true for things that are within and outside of our control; however, it is important to set goals to better yourself and to get closer to achieving your objectives in life.

I can't begin to tell you how many "to do" lists I have around the house and what's really bad is I spend more time adding to what needs to be or should be done than I spend actually accomplishing the tasks. Does that mean that I should give up? NO!

Goals without a plan are actually just dreams and visions. How many times have you said to someone (or thought to yourself), "Someday, I'm going to…" Have you noticed that the "someday" has yet to arrive? That is where setting "SMART GOALS" can turn your dreams into accomplishments.

What is a SMART goal? SMART is an acronym for "Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely."

Specific - Losing weight is not a specific goal … Losing 25 pounds is
Measurable - As shown above, you can measure the specific goal - Hop on the scale!
Achievable - Losing 25 pounds is achievable if you are mare than 25 pounds overweight
Realistic - Losing 25 pounds is NOT realistic if you weigh 125 pounds
Timely - And losing 25 pounds overnight is simply not going to happen

The formula above for Smart Goals works in almost all situations that are within your control. Some things are NOT in your control and best to work towards them with more realistic expectations to avoid burnout.

Start NOW with a list of the goals that you have and fine tune them so you CAN accomplish them in a SMART way.

And… Don't give up!!!

9 replies

Kats49 2014-07-31 19:51:43 -0500 Report

I have to set goals that I can accomplish otherwise it keeps too daunting and I won't even start. I have learned to be flexible with myself. Three months ago it was my goal to get to classes 2x wk…now i attend 5xwk…all the while helping myself get better. one day at a time…works for me. When I was younger I set myself up for failure by setting too many goals at once. No more

Pegsy 2014-07-29 16:40:34 -0500 Report

I tend to be too driven about achieving goals and accomplishing everything on my list. i am having to learn to not make so many lists! I am having to learn to give myself a break and to allow myself to just relax and have some fun!

But when it comes to what I need to do I make a point of saying to myself "Just do it". When I don't feel like exercising, I just do it anyway. I've never regretted that.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-07-28 14:08:17 -0500 Report

Great post, I do make list of things to do, but I don't make them a priority. My main priority is doing something every week that we enjoy. That way those to do jobs get done a little at a time. As we get older we have learned not to push ourselves as hard as we used to. But as you said never give up, just complete our goals more wisely. Thank you Ray.

jayabee52 2014-07-27 19:56:18 -0500 Report

Thanks, Ray for the reminder!

BTW where have you been hiding yourself? Missed your wisdom here!


GabbyPA 2014-07-27 19:54:32 -0500 Report

I like that acronym. That is great. Often pipe dreams are what we put in front of ourselves, without a plan, they won't happen. Thank you so much for this.

robertoj 2014-07-27 15:46:44 -0500 Report

That's great for short term goals. To be effective for long term goals they should be geared toward that end.