Watch out for “R” … It’s a doozy!
You may have heard of S.M.A.R.T. Goals before. If you do a Google search for them, you will find a number of different ways to define S.M.A.R.T.
Most of them always include the first two being “specific” and “measurable” in nature. Well, that’s how I originally heard about the best way to have goals or objectives and that is for them to be specific and measurable; usually that would encompass a time element because that’s what “specific” and “measurable” means, but I like the way they usually make the T. as “time-bound” or “time-based” but usually it’s got something to do with “time” for the T.
However, the A. and R. are ones that I often see that are not consistent across sources. It seems to vary depending on who writes about it rather than based on some real reason. I see the A. and R. listed as follows:
- Assignable and Reachable
- Attainable and Realistic
- Accountable and Responsible (I like that one!)
- Action-Oriented and Relevant (That’s a good one, too!)
- Achievable and Results-Oriented
- Agreed, Ambitious and Actionable
Well, I must admit that I am quite an acronym fiend and I really enjoy mnemonics, so I couldn’t help but roll my eyes at these attempts to turn “smart goals” into “S.M.A.R.T. Goals” in a way that really left me feeling like I could get behind it. I like this idea, but just not how anyone had layed it out. As I am prone to do (and because I’m a perfectionist), I thought I would give this a shot myself. My approach is a little different and includes a better way to tease this out. And I’m going to walk through an example and let you see how you could apply this to fitness. Your input is always appreciated in the comments below.