Making Goals Action-Oriented

Families, Food and Fitness October 27, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF

“I want to lose 20 pounds!” may be your long-term goal, but it won’t happen simply by saying it and clicking your heels three times in fabulous shoes. What actions do you really plan on taking to achieve your goals? This is an important question you must take a moment to answer honestly. Sometimes it is easier to say the words than to do the work. Create goals with which you are sincerely comfortable. Some of these may require some thought and planning.

Remember: Failing to plan is planning to fail. Think ahead, and consider what the obstacles have been for you and how you plan to avoid them. Once you get in the rhythm of practicing these everyday goals, you can begin expanding them to suit your increased energy levels, increased commitment, and your long-term goals.

What are some actions you are willing to do to achieve your goal? _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

What are some obstacles you have run into in the past, and how will you plan to avoid them? _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

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Lesson Contents
I. Introduction
II. Identifying Long and Short Term Goals
III. S.M.A.R.T Goals

a. Making Goals Specific
b. Making Goals Measurable
c. Making Goals Action-Oriented
d. Making Goals Realistic
e. Making Goals Time-Framed

IV. Making Yourself Accountable


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.