Meeting Goals

Goals can be good motivators. They can encourage you to meet them. They can also make you depressed if you don’t make the goals. I’m a Weight Watcher. We have what we call star goals. It’s a way to set a goal that can allow you to achieve success. It’s not only for weight loss.

The word star in a star goal is an acronym. The s stand for specific. A goal should be specific. ‘I want to lose weight,’ is a goal. It’s not very specific though. ‘I want to lose fifty pounds’ is better. It’s more specific.

The t in star stands for timely. Set a time limit. That gives you a way to see how you are progressing. “I want to lose fifty pounds in a week” is specific and has a time limit.

The a in star stands for achievable. Be realistic. The example above, “I want to lose fifty pounds in a week”, is specific and has a time limit. Unfortunately, that time limit is far too narrow. You aren’t likely to achieve it. “I want to lose fifty pounds in five months” is better. It is more realistic a goal.

The r in star stands for relevant. Your goal should be relevant to you. If it is, you are more likely to achieve the goal.

All that aside, it is a good idea to look at the entire goal and see if you can break it down into steps. Losing fifty pounds in five months, is doable, but are we sure about that? We can break it down to see if it is something we can achieve. Fifty pounds in five months is something we can break down to ten pounds a month. Is that doable? I’m not sure. Break the monthly number down again to 2.5 pounds a week. That is doable, but it might be difficult.

So we can go back to the original goal, fifty pounds in five months. Let’s make that fifty pounds in six months. That works out to eight and third pounds a month, or about two pounds a week. Weight Watchers says that’s an achievable goal. I don’t think I can do that. So we refine it again. Let’s try seven months. That makes it 7.14 pounds a month or 1.7 pounds a week. I can do that. Although I would increase my chances of success if I go with eight months to lose fifty pounds. That works out to one and a half pounds a week. I can do that.

That’s the process of doing the star goal for weight loss. The process is similar for any goal you want to set. Make sure the goal is specific, timely, achievable, and relevant. Break it down into smaller chunks and work toward each chunk. I want to lose one and a half pounds a week for the next eight months. That way you will achieve your goal. It’s as simple as that. Whatever your goal is, this process will get you there. Good luck.


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