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Your habits are just a series of automatic solutions that solve the problems and stresses you face regularly. – James Clear, Atomic Habits

Without setting great goals, you won’t know what you are working towards, how to get where you want to be or when you have reached your destination. During the Zero 2 Healthy Human program, goals are presented as challenges. For the most part, your goals are written for you and reaching the finish line is as simple as completing the challenges presented to you step by step. If you decide to take on a Bonus, Tribe or Advanced Challenge (and we hope you will), you will use the guidelines and suggestions we have for you to create your own challenges and track them in the Fillable Challenges Tracker. Here are a few tips for creating great goals:

1. Your goals need to motivate you and be important to you.

When you are choosing Advanced Track, Tribe & Bonus Challenges, you will find yourself naturally gravitating towards challenges that align with your priorities.

2. Once you know what is important to you, it is time to define your goals.

Great goals are also S.M.A.R.T. goals:

S = Specific – Specific goals are clear and well defined.

M = Measurable – Measurable goals are precise and often include amounts and dates.

A = Attainable – Attainable goals are possible to achieve given your resources and time constraints.

R = Relevant – Relevant goals are important to you and line up with your plans.

T = Time Bound – Goals need a deadline.

As an example, let’s break down the goal, “Walk 10,000 steps before I go to bed.”

  • Specific – “walk,” “10,000 steps” and “before bed”
  • Measurable – “10,000 steps,” “before bed”
  • Attainable – this goals is attainable to you because you have determined 10,000 steps is achievable in one day
  • Relevant – this goal is relevant to you because it is important to you to move more and be healthier
  • Time Bound – you gave yourself a deadline: “before bed.”

“Walk more,” “be healthier this year” and “lose weight” are not great goals because they are mostly not specific, measurable or time bound. While these goals might be relevant, it is difficult to determine if the goals are attainable because they are missing key facts. Be sure to check off all of the boxes when defining your goals. If you need help setting S.M.A.R.T. goals, bounce your ideas off of your tribe and gather their feedback. Your tribe is a great tool to help you on your journey.

3. Lastly, set your goals in writing and share them with others to increase your chances of succeeding.

Use our Fillable Challenges Tracker to write in your goals and track your progress, then share your goals with your tribe.

Dig Deeper and Learn More:

If done cleverly, great goals can help you turn desired behaviors into automatic habits. In James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones, Clear discusses how very small changes can compound to produce big differences over time. He  provides a framework for creating systems that lead to automatic habits. Find out more about the book and how to get your hands on the bonus materials at: https://jamesclear.com/atomic-habits.