SMART Goals..

Posted on August 22, 2017 · Posted in Student Services

Alberta Health Service – Addiction Services St. Albert

Topic: Smart Goals!

So, what is the big deal about setting a goal? Well, research indicates that a person is more likely to get what they want if they strategically plan for it! So, rather than setting a “New Years Resolution” (which we seem to rarely stick to) we are more apt to achieve our hearts desire by getting in the good habit of setting goals.

S = SPECIFIC

Not so good – I’m going to quit smoking someday
Great – I will reduce my smoking

M = MESURABLE

Not so good – I will not smoke as much tomorrow.
Great – I will reduce my smoking by 3 cigarettes a day and I will count them.

A = ATTAINABLE

Not so good – I will not smoke for 3 days.
Great – I am not going to smoke right after meals. I will wait for 15 minutes and do something to keep my mind off of if or 15 minutes after I eat – like go for a walk.

R = REALISTIC

Not so good – I will stop smoking right now forever
Great – I will count my smoking every day for 7 days before starting to reduce by 3 a day.

T = TIMELY

Not so good – I will quit when I am 40 years old.
Great – I will have reduced my smoking by 3 cigarettes a day in 2 weeks.

 

Remember – have fun with your goals. Include some physical activity such as walking, snowboarding, skating, or have a snow ball fight! Goals are SMART! They keep us moving forward!

If you are interested in chatting more about substance use (drugs, alcohol, and tobacco) or gambling, talk to a teacher or call Wendy directly (780.460.4971).

 

Wendy Gruhlke-Smar (wendy.gruhlke-smar@albertahealthservices.ca), BSW/RSW
Alberta Health Services – Addiction & Mental Health
30 Sir Winston Churchill Avenue – St. Albert, Alberta. T8N-3A3