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S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Author: CHKD Sports Medicine
Published Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016

By: Connie Drago, MSEd, ATC, LAT

We have greater success at achieving goals when they are S.M.A.R.T. Goals, goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. How do you create a S.M.A.R.T. Goal? Here’s the key steps you need to consider:

Specific

You’ll need to answer these six basic questions to achieve this step.

  • Who is involved?
  • What do I want to accomplish?
  • Where can I do the activity?
  • When can I fit it in my schedule and when do I want to see results?
  • Which constraints or limitations might I encounter?
  • Why am I doing it?
  • It’s easy to say “I want to lose weight”, but much more specific to say “I will join a health club and workout at least 3 days a week, for one hour”. 

Measurable

Progress is good, especially when it helps us stay on track and reach target dates. Success along the way spurs us on to continue our efforts and reach our goal.

To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions like:

How long? How much? How will I know when it is accomplished?

Attainable

When something is important to us, we make the time required for it. You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Steps to success include writing out your goals. Try posting them on a mirror, on the refrigerator, or anywhere that will motivate you.

Realistic

A goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work in order to be realistic. Health and safety factors must be incorporated. “I want to lose 20 pounds” is realistic, if you are willing to put in the work necessary and able to do it in a healthy manner; “I want to lose 20 pounds in one week” is not realistic or healthy. Set a high goal for yourself, because it will drive your motivation to succeed.

Timely

A goal should be grounded within a time frame. This time frame provides the parameters against which to measure the components of your S.M.A.R.T. Goal. When do you want to see the results of your hard work? “Someday” or “1 month from now”?

Whether you are a weekend-warrior athlete working towards that fitness or lifestyle resolution or an elite athlete trying to improve your game, try setting a S.M.A.R.T. Goal for yourself and you are sure to succeed.

About CHKD Sports Medicine

CHKD's sports medicine program offers the most comprehensive care for your young athlete. From diagnosis and treatment to customized rehabilitation plans, we specialize in physical therapy and injury prevention programs for active children and teens. Our team is composed of pediatric orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine specialists, physician assistants, certified athletic trainers and pediatric sports medicine physical therapists.

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