M is for Measurable
If you came in two posts ago, then you know where we are, otherwise catch up here: Keeping a New Year’s Resolution.
Once you’ve specifically outlined your resolution, you need to determine how to measure the outcome.
Knowing when you can definitively say “I have completed my goal” is one of the most important things about setting goals and resolutions. It is hard to know how long to keep going or when to stop if you can’t measure your goals.
For example, losing 10kg and/or fitting into “that great skirt you bought” is measurable enough that you will know when you have completed your goal.
This is why the first step of S.M.A.R.T. goal setting, S is for Specific, is so important. But if you’ve done this step correctly, you will have nothing to worry about.
- How much/many?
- How often?
- How long will it take to accomplish?
- How will I know when I have accomplished my goal?
- Can I break my goal into mini goals?
Image sourced from:
Justin Goldsborough. 2012. “MeasureSuccess.” Image. Accessed January 7, 2015. http://justincaseyouwerewondering.com/defining-measurable-objectives/.