Whatever goal you choose, your first exercise will be the following: Pick up a pencil. You’re going to write down exactly what you plan to achieve, how, why, and when.
Why write? It’s the best way to keep yourself accountable. If your goal is no candy for two weeks, seeing it in black and white keeps it from morphing into no candy with red wrappers or no candy containing xanthan gum. Also, writing your goals increases your chances of reaching them. Ever notice that your itemized to-do list always gets done? And it’s so satisfying to cross those tasks off one by one.
So let’s get started creating and refining your SMARTER goal. Remember, this is for the long term, so I’ll guide you through to make sure it’s a perfect fit for your values, lifestyle, and personality.
Step One: Name a specific goal!
It doesn’t have to be perfect at this stage, but it does have to be strong, specific, and long term. Let’s say you want to drop two dress sizes. Can you visualize what your body will look like at that size? Can you see yourself in the clothing you’ll wear? Do you see yourself moving and living in that body size?
Now write your own goal.
Step Two: Take measurements.
What kind of calorie count might you need to reach this goal? How many hours per week would you need to exercise? Think hard about which steps might be involved in reaching this goal. You can’t reach the finish line by ambling all over the track, so be specific about what you’re going for. Then, as you take off, continue to keep up the momentum by measuring and monitoring your progress.
Specify the measurements to achieve in this goal.
This is an excerpt from The Right Fit Formula