Setting SMART Goals for 2016

984259_704548846309386_8764149524719431584_nIt’s that time of year again. The time where we need to do an alignment check!

Before we decide to change our tires we would do an alignment check right? That’s why it’s so important to make sure your vision is in alignment with your goals for 2016. Sometimes we set goals, and when they aren’t working we realize its because that was not part our original vision and somehow we veered off of our plan.


Specifics help us to focus our efforts and clearly define what we want to accomplish. “I want to lose 10 pounds” is better than “I want to lose weight.”


Your goals must be measurable. In other words there is usually a number involved – dollars, days, times per week, weight. When you create a goal that is measurable, it’s easy to determine when you’re getting closer or if you’ve reached your goal.


Nothing happens without action. Your goal must promote action. You must be able to break your goals down into actionable tasks.

If you can’t control the outcome of your goal (I want to win the lottery), it’s not a real goal. It’s a wish and a dream. Your goals must be something you can control (I want to run my first marathon by this time next year).


Your goals should inspire you. If they don’t, set new goals. Your goals must be inline with your values. If there is a conflict between your goals, you won’t achieve them.

Time Specific

Anybody who starts a goal with “someday I want to…” will never achieve the goal. It’s too vague, and there is no time frame. The best goals have a deadline.

Remember that the magic of your vision is not in the details, it is knowing and believing that it can be accomplished. Go back to the reason why you started your journey in the first place and make sure what you are doing is what you meant to do. Then sit down and use these steps to set your goals for the new year!

Make a decision to finish 2015 with a bang to give yourself maximum momentum in 2016!

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2 thoughts on “Setting SMART Goals for 2016

  1. Excellent points, Lynette! Any goal is really a project, whether long term or short term, and should be treated the same. Set a date and plan out the steps. 2016 is going to be amazing!


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