The trick to setting a health goal and making it happen
Wednesday, 20 January · 1 min read

Many of us start the new year with plans to make healthy changes, but it can be difficult to stick with these good intentions. How you set your goals, however, can help you maximise your chances of achieving them.

For example, the goals “I want to lose weight” and “I want to get fit” are a bit vague. But adding details can help to focus your mind – such as “I want to lose 3kg by 1 March” and “I want to run a 10K this year”. This is part of what’s known as the ‘SMART’ goal-setting approach.

Your SMART goal should be:

S – specific
M – measurable
A – achievable
R – realistic
T – time-sensitive

This way, you’re more likely to reach your goal. And even if you start with something small, it will give you the confidence to try something more challenging next time.

Quote of the day

Sometimes you’ve just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you.

Dr Phil, American TV host and author

Quick Quiz
It’s best to set your own goals and monitor your progress yourself. True or false?