For goals and habits to be successful, you must first have the goal to AIM for (A-Acceptable-bare minimum, I- Ideal, M-Middle), and then you follow the S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Action Oriented, Reasonable and Time-Oriented)process. Most importantly, the goals need to be chosen. Only through intrinsic motivation can we build our strengths into the life of our dreams.
The purpose of coaching is to assist people to make S.M.A.R.T. choices. First, we choose to make wellness one of our core values. Why is being well important to you? Is it to be able to be active with your kids, travel, feel good all the time, stay out of the hospital? What is your why?
Second, we choose S.M.A.R.T. goals that support and stem from our value of wellness. To come up with these goals, coaches like to broaden and build on people’s strengths. We all have had times in our lives where we have excelled or succeeded at something and were in the zone. This may have come from your determination, commitment, resourcefulness, teamwork or a number of other strengths that you possess. Pulling from our strengths made life more wonderful.
Which leads to the third, all-important choice: we choose to implement S.M.A.R.T. strategies that support and stem from our goals. That’s why the process of Changing for Good so often begins with consciousness raising. We become mindful of our choices like staying away from high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated vegetable oils that damage our health and wellness.
Here are some examples of Smart goals:
1. Take at least 10,000 steps every day, wearing a pedometer if it helps you do so.
2. Drink at least two liters of filtered water per day, removing rubber bands on water bottles if that helps you to keep track.
3. Consciously acknowledge, say, or write down at least three things for which you are grateful each and every day.
4. Get at least six hours of sleep a night, nodding off and waking up at about the same time every day.
Instead of general, vague, unrealistic, irrelevant, and wishful pipe dreams, S.M.A.R.T. goals and habits produce mastery experiences that lead directly to our best selves. By choosing our values, goals, and strategies, we end up with the intrinsic motivation for change.
Coaching Inquiries: What are the values, goals, and strategies that govern your life? Are they Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Reasonable, and Time-Oriented? What actions have they inspired? Who could you talk with to sharpen them up? How can your choices be more fully your own?