S.M.A.R.T. goals help resolutions succeed

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Footsteps in Faith


Chaplain (Maj.) Brandon Moore
2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Proverbs 16:2-3 says, “All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”

What are your plans for the upcoming year and the motives behind them?

Often we talk about New Year’s resolutions, but we never plan more than hoping to learn something new, lose 20 pounds or just be happier.

While hope and faith are important, a well thought out plan with some S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely) goals will guide you into the new year with success.

Even in the vague examples of learning, losing weight and happiness, there are valuable ideas like education, health and emotion.

Think about the various facets of your life. What areas would you like to work on? What are your desires and motivations?

Try to isolate and identify a few key areas you would like to work on and create a plan. Two broad areas are professional and personal. The professional is what you get paid for, what you have to do, work. The personal is what you pay for, what you want to do, recreation.

Within both of these categories are subcategories that can be focused to form goals, such as education, advancement, family, fun, entertainment, spiritual, financial and more.

Comprehensive Soldier Fitness
Another way to identify areas of emphasis is to use the five Comprehensive Soldier Fitness categories: emotional (maturity, happiness, caring), social (time with friends), physical (exercise, diet, recreation), spiritual (reading, meditation, service to others, gathering) and family (marriage, children, loved ones).

I would like to challenge you to examine the key areas of your life and create a plan. Within this plan, decide what you want to do and examine the motivation behind it. Are your motives purely self-centered or will they positively impact those around you?

Begin today, by identifying one area and create a S.M.A.R.T. goal. Make it something you want to do in the new year to improve yourself and encourage those around you.

S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym that can help you to develop your goals in a clearer way.

Specific. What is it you are trying to do? Rather than “Learn something new,” say, “Learn how to cook” or “Learn how to cook Italian food.”

Measurable. How would you know if you do it? Make it easy to see if you have accomplished it. “I will cook one new Italian dish each week.”

Achievable. Are you going to be able to do it? Set yourself up for success by setting a realistic time frame and identify available resources. “I will choose one recipe a week from the new cookbook I ordered.”

Relevant. Why does this matter? “I am tired of eating the same boring food.” If it is not meaningful to you, you will not see it through.

Timely. When will you do this? “I will try one new recipe a week and invite friends over once a month to try one of my new Italian masterpieces!”

So my S.M.A.R.T. goal is this: Using a new recipe book, I will cook one new Italian recipe a week to broaden my dinner options. I will invite friends over once a month to try one of my new dishes.

This goal combines several elements: educational, nutritional and relational.

Give it a shot; develop a S.M.A.R.T goal today. Seek God’s wisdom with your goals and plans and make 2018 your best year yet!


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