Episode 20: Go Out and Get Yourself One of Them There SMART Goals

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Maybe you want to get more flexible in 2021. … Give us a break, OK? It was hard to find a decent free stock image of goal setting. Our goal in the new year is to have this podcast thing make us some money so we can pay for shit like fancy stock art.

Here we are, just days into the brand-spanking-new 2021. So, we’re assuming that you, like Hillary, have already shelved your New Year’s resolutions and are eagerly anticipating trying again in 2022. …

No! Wait! That’s not how a rousing, hope-filled, educational blog post about goal setting is supposed to start out!

Fine, fine, fine. We’ll try this again.

It’s a brand-spanking new year, filled with hope and promise. And after a rough 2020, maybe you’re ready to set some resolutions so you can become the best version of yourself.

Sure, there are plenty of nay-sayers who will tell you resolutions don’t work and that most people who set out to lose weight or get healthier or save money will fail before the month is even out.

But you’re not most people. … OK, maybe you are most people. But still. There’s nothing wrong with setting goals. And with some planning and a little foresight, you can set goals that are achievable.

Much has been written about setting SMART goals, so we won’t flog that dead horse — SEO be damned — other than to define the term.

SMART stands for:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable 
  • Relevant 
  • Time-bound

SMART goals are helpful because they require you to think through your goals. For example, saying you want to lose weight in the new year is pretty vague. But saying you want to lose 25 pounds gives you a target to shoot for. 

From AJ and Hillary’s own personal experience, it’s helpful to consider what pitfalls you might encounter as you try to reach your goals. 

If you want to lose weight or exercise more, what happens when you’re tired or you’ve had a bad day or something unexpected pops up at the last minute? How will you handle those challenges and setbacks? 

And if something delays or derails your progress, how will you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and tell life that she hits like a bitch? YMMV (That’s how the cool kids abbreviate “your mileage may vary.”)

Also, not to rip off anyone’s ideas, but Forbes did a nice article about alternatives to resolutions. The tips are worth considering. (That’s what she said. No, Hillary did not resolve to be more mature in 2021. No need to thank her.) 

What about you? What have you found to be helpful or hurtful when it comes to New Year’s resolutions or goal setting in general? Give us the dirt in the comments!

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