LoveYourBrain Tip: Set Goals!

SET GOALS!

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BRAIN HEALTH | 8.15.2016 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, PH.D., M.S.

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It’s around this time, every 2 years, that we feel tremendously inspired by the Olympics and the Olympians’ stories.  It’s incredible to watch others work so hard to achieve a specific goal.  So, instead of sitting on the sidelines, exercise your ability to set (and accomplish) your own goals!  

Instead of simply setting goals, though, own them.  When we practice the “endowment effect” or take ownership of an object or idea, we identify with it and become much more emotionally invested.

One of the best guidelines for setting goals is the SMART method:

S = specific

Is your goal clear and well-defined?

M = measurable

How will you know when you’ve accomplished your goal?  Can it be objectively measured?

A = adjustable

Be willing to modify the goal or change the deadline.

R = realistic

Is your goal completely unattainable?  If so, try setting smaller goals to start.  

T = timely

Set a deadline.

Lastly, remember to set a combination of outcome and process goals.  Outcome goals can be several weeks, months, or years out, but process goals are short-term and will keep you on track.

So take the time to define and write down your goals.  A year from now, you don’t want to regret not starting today.