S.M.A.R.T. Goals

So we keep talking about setting and achieving goals, but what does that mean? Why set goals?

Well, here’s how it is for me. As a stay-at-home mom, I sometimes start to wonder what I’ve really accomplished. Contributing to the awesomeness of our next generation is great, but sometimes my life feels a lot like, “shampoo, rinse, repeat” or “frozen waffles, carpool, pb&j, naptime, parktime, dinnertime, bedtime, repeat”. Someone once suggested to me that I set a goal – any goal, really, so that I’d have something to hold on as a success. Even before I had children and I was working, I often felt like my life was, “eat, sleep, work, repeat.” That rewarding sense of having truly accomplished something always seemed limited to work-successes or material things.

I love this way of looking at life and you can apply it so finely or broadly. For my first goal setting exercise, I gave myself 8 weeks to get from 0-10 pushups. I tried push ups a few times a week. It hurt a lot. My arms and chest often ached so much I didn’t want to pick up my son. When I finally completed 10, wobbly, aching, wincing pushups on week 5, I felt like throwing a party.

That was 2.5 years ago and I haven’t been worrying much about pushups since then. I’ve been focusing more on improving my posture and strengthening my core. Yesterday, I decided to try some pushups again. I banged out 20 this time. They’re still shaky and they look nothing like the military-style graceful pushups my husband does but they’re my accomplishment and I’m proud of myself.

I feel empowered. I feel accomplished. I feel powerful. I DID something!

SMART is a mnemonic for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. As we start thinking about setting goals for our FFF challenge, try to think about goal setting in these terms. We don’t need to move mountains but kicking some dirt around will bring us the success to make that mountain seem a lot less daunting!

 

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