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How To Set SMART Goals

Life can throw things at you that you never expected. These curveballs will push you out of your comfort zone — this is a good thing. If you are constantly comfortable, you’ll never be able to grow. Identifying stressors is a good way toward creating change within them. Creating change can be done by implementing goals. Goals are important things to have in whatever stage of life you’re in. Whether you’re in school, working, or somewhere in between, it’s essential that you have goals. You should also be setting personal goals, too. Another way to set healthy goals is by creating short-term and long-term goals. Whatever type of goal you are setting, they must be SMART. SMART goals are goals that art Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Villa Tranquil Recovery will go through each stage of a SMART goal and help you to set appropriate goals.


Being specific is an important first step. You don’t want to be general and then question if you have reached your goal. Breaking down the specifics of your goal can be done by assigning meaning to the 5 W’s: Who? What? Where? When? Why? Asking yourself how you will achieve your goal is another way to make your goal specific. Without this “How?”, your goal is meaningless. 


Setting parameters around your goal is essential as well. When measuring a goal, it may be appropriate to set a timetable or create a measurement that you want to reach. The important thing is that you have a concrete idea you can achieve. You don’t want to be questioning whether or not you reached your goal. 


Is your goal realistic? Of course, we’d all like to lose 25 pounds in two weeks or quit our bad habits cold turkey. These things usually are just not attainable. Slow and steady wins the race. Make sure you have the means to reach your goal: talent, time, and money. If a goal is unattainable, you will probably feel defeated when you realize you have “failed.” Make sure your goals are attainable from the very beginning. 


There is no point in setting a goal if it means nothing to you. You may feel pressured by those around you to set and reach a goal. Here’s the thing: if you are not fully invested in the goal, there’s no point in doing. You must want to do this on your own and for yourself. Your goals should align with one another, too. 


Deadlines are essential for setting goals. You don’t want to have an open-ended goal that goes on forever. This wouldn’t be beneficial because you wouldn’t know if you’ve truly met your goal. Setting parameters on time also helps hold you accountable. Set a time limit and stick to it.

Villa Tranquil Recovery wants to help you set goals that are Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. If you’re having trouble setting goals related to your mental health or substance use, we are here for you. Reach out to us today at 214-799-3080. We can’t wait to hear from you.