This title doesn’t have the same ring to it as a ”New Year’s Resolution” but I feel I might be onto a winner! Not sure? Let me explain…..

January can be a hectic time between getting over the Christmas period from a physical, emotional and financial perspective. It is also a time for much needed rest and recuperation. It has now become a time we may feel pressurised to implement resolutions and commit to things that we are not ready for and deep down we feel may be destined to fail.

It is now late March so let’s see if we can do a little better second time round with SMART goal setting principles1.

Using SMART goal setting principles (developed by George T. Doran in 1981) is a great way of not setting yourself up for failure as it eliminates wishy washy goals that can easily fall by the waist side whether that be consciously or subconsciously2.

Here is what S.M.A.R.T. stands for:

S – Specific, significant, stretching

M – Measurable, meaningful, motivational

A – Agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented

R – Realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented

T – Time-based, time-bound, timely, tangible, trackable

All too often I meet clients who just don’t know how to make SMART goals. For example:

“This year I am going to be way more disciplined with my exercise”

It may sound good but there is no way to know if you have achieved it or not. If we were to put this goal through our SMART system it may look something like this:

“I feel like my exercise routine is out of sorts and I’m sick of feeling sluggish I want to go to three Pilates classes per week for one month”
See this is specific, meaningful, attainable, realistic and time-based!! The research backs this up too and it has been shown that SMART goals impacts on increasing motivation, self-regulation, self-efficacy and achievement!

So give it a shot with the SMART goal setting principles and if you need help with physiotherapy or Pilates or both please contact where we will be more than happy to get you started on your journey.


  • Doran, G. T. (1981). “There’s a S.M.A.R.T. Way to Write Management’s Goals and Objectives”, Management Review, Vol. 70, Issue 11, pp. 35-36.
  • Latham, G. P., & Locke, E. A. (1979). Goal setting: A motivational technique that works. Organizational Dynamics, 8(2), 68­80.