Not Resolutions – Goals

I’ve never been one for making New Year’s Resolutions.  Frankly, most of them are just not realistic and the vast majority are broken before the end of January.  I prefer setting goals.  Somehow, a goal seems a little more flexible but, at the same time, more measurable.

Whether you are making resolutions or goals for the New Year – or any other time, for that matter – make sure it is something SMART.

The concept of making SMART goals is not one that I can claim as my own.  It is most commonly credited to a gentleman by the name of Peter Drucker and the first known use of the term was in the November 1981 issue of Management Review, which contained a paper by George T. Doran, called There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management’s goals and objectives.  (All of this according to Wikipedia.)  It is, however, a concept I can understand, get behind, and use in my own goal setting.

SMART is an acronym utilizing the words Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely.  The graphic below (borrowed from will explain how each if these sections work:


So, keeping the SMART concept in mind, here are my goals for the next several months:


(S) Complete The Masters Hammer and Chisel program in its entirety.

(M) I have a chart that will help me make sure that I am completing each task on its assigned day

(A) As long as I stick to the schedule, this is completely able to be done

(R) It is worthwhile to me and will meet my ongoing need to be sure that my lifestyle is one that keeps me physically and mentally healthy

(T) I start the program on Monday.  It is a 60-Day program, so I should be done by March 3rd



(S) Run a half marathon in under 2 hours and 30 minutes

(M) Progress will be tracked as I work through my training over the next several months.

(A) My last half marathon time was a little over 2 hours and 49 minutes.  Cutting nearly 20 minutes off of that time is absolutely doable, if I keep up with my training.

(R) Again, this is worthwhile to me in the lifestyle I am working to maintain.  Running is extremely therapeutic to me, so my mental well-being will benefit just as much as my physical well-being.

(T) I will be running the Cocheco Challenge Half Marathon again in the fall.  Once that date is announced, I’ll have my timeline set.


Those are the goals I have now.  There will likely be more to come, and I will keep you updated as to the progress I’m making through each one.  I’ll share what’s working for me and even what isn’t.  If you have tips, feel free to share with me (and anyone else who may be reading this).

What are your goals for the next few weeks/months/years?  Have you applied a process such as SMART goal setting to get to where you need to be? How will you accomplish your goals?