As motivational acronyms go, SMART is a good one, but it leaves out one important element: Meaningful. I know, adding an 'M' to SMART turns it into a made-up word, which defeats the purpose of the acronym in the first place, but I'm convinced we sometimes set goals that we think are meaningful but, in practice, aren't.
For example, maybe you have a goal to look better in a bathing suit. There's nothing wrong with that goal, yet it may be hard to fulfill. The reason? How much time do you really spend in a bathing suit? If you're a bathing suit model, probably quite a bit. But, for the average person, looking good in a bathing suit may not rate high in your daily life. As a result, you may not have the motivation do the amount of exercise you need to reach that goal, leaving you feeling as though you've failed. A different approach would be to figure out what you really want for your body and your health and how exercise can help you get it.
What do you think? Have you ever set goals that didn't mean as much to you as you thought? Do your current goals match what you really want for yourself? How do you pronounce 'SMARMT'? Leave a comment and tell us about it.