Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals in Menopause

 

What are your goals this year? Do you want to lose 10 pounds, change careers, travel to Europe, or just spend more time with family?

According to a surprising study conducted by the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45% of Americans set up New Year’s goals, but only 8% are successful.

Here are 5 keys to setting S.M.A.R.T. goals in menopause:

Specific

There is no doubt when you reach your goal. Example: My goal is to fly to Italy.

Measurable

Can your goal be measured? Let’s use the example above. Will your goal be met when you land at the airport, or when you have explored the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or the Florence Cathedral?

Achievable

Can you achieve your goals with your current skillset, or will you have to take a class, find a mentor, relocate, or make extra money?

Realistic

How realistic is your goal? If you’re flying to Italy this month, and your bank account is overdrawn, you have a big problem. A more realistic goal would be to budget a certain amount each month until you have the necessary funds.

Timely

Set a date that you want to reach your goal. Example: I will fly to Italy by September 30, 2016. If you have not reached your goal by the date you set, don’t get discouraged. Celebrate your progress so far and keep moving forward.