How often do you see or hear the cliché phrase, “new year”, “new you”? What does this even mean? While this phrase may be something we think of when the new year comes around in hopes to make drastic changes to ourselves, it’s not necessarily what it’s all about unless we put our thoughts into action. Otherwise, you will be the same as you were yesterday. Rather than changing into the “new you” overnight, think of what you want to achieve and use the SMART strategy that will help you get there.

SMART Ways to Tackle You Goals
Moving into a new year comes a chance to reset, regroup, and refocus your goals. Regardless of your goal, if it’s important to you, then you will find a way to make it happen. The SMART strategy could be the game changer when setting your goals.

SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. These are key components of effective goal setting that can guide you to create a successful action plan and keep you on track through the process.

#1 Be Specific
Make your goals specific so you are clear on what you want to accomplish. This will be helpful when evaluating your progress to determine your success.

#2 Make your goals Measurable
Record your efforts so you can track your progress along the way. This will help you determine if you are or are not meeting your objectives and will allow you to make changes in the plan along the way.

#3 Make Achievable goals
Be realistic about what you can accomplish within the given time frame you set for yourself.

#4 Make your goals Relevant to you
Your goals should align with your objectives, values, and personal desires.

#5 Make your goals time-bound
Set deadlines for yourself to keep on track and motivated so that you give it your best effort to achieve success.

By setting SMART goals for your wellbeing, you can create a clear and concrete action plan that will help you achieve your desired results.

Here’s a sample of a SMART strategy for you to use as a guide. Use it to set your own goals and put your thoughts into action!

Ultimately, you have the power to be the change you want to be by committing to yourself, staying focused with a set plan, and keeping the daily efforts strong with determination to fuel you.

I hope this was helpful, inspirational, and a SMART way you'll consider when setting your fitness goals for 2023.

You got this!


Maria Sollon

Maria Sollon Scally MS, CSCS holds a Master’s Degree in Performance Enhancement/Injury Prevention and Kinesiology. She has obtained numerous certifications in various areas of fitness and is a national conference presenter. Maria specializes in Pilates, Performance Coaching, and Corrective Exercise Techniques and Kettlebells. She is the creator of the Plyo Pilates Method and has developed a series of amazing workout DVDs. She is a Master Trainer for Total Gym, Resist-a-Ball, Body Blade, Peak Pilates, Kettle Bell Concepts and is a freelance writer for Fitness accredited magazines, newsletters, and fitness blog sites. Maria demonstrates her knowledge each day and uses her dynamic creativity throughout her specialized line of work. (purchasable workout videos) (workout clips)

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