1. DMADVWhat are the chances this plan will work???????
2. Good Goal Setting Must Be DMADV D = Definable M = Manageable A = Attainable D = Desirable V = Verifiable
3. DEFINABLE The more clearly you can define your goal the more likely you will be able to get there. Think detail. What do you want to happen? How long will it take? (Duration of your plan) Good: I plan to loose 5 lbs over the next 6 weeks. Not so Good: I am going to loose some weight this Spring
4. MANAGEABLE We tend to get too enthusiastic about our desire to make changes. Think about who you are, what is happening in your life, even the time of the year. Example: I have 3 kids, a husband, a job and I carry 12 credits at school. My goal is to go to the gym 6 days a week so I can improve my physical fitness!!! Oh, and it is Christmas time! Hmmmmmmm!!!!
5. ATTAINABLE Can what you want to do be done??? Do you possess the resources to do the things you plan to do.Consider: You want to loose 25 lbs beforeyour sister’s wedding. (in 3 weeks) Maybe but not advisable!Consider: You decide you will swim 4days per week at the Y. You don’t belongto the Y and you can’t afford themembership!!! Doesn’t sound like a good plan to me!
6. DESIRABLE Not everything we think is a good idea is a good idea. Lets assume you are diabetic and you decide to loose 20 lbs without consulting your doctor. Bad idea! Not desirable. Lets say your plan would require you spend too much time away from your family. Not a good plan.Desirable also includes sustainable tothe end
7. VERIFIABLE How will you or anyone else know if you have reached your goal? First you must be clear on where you are when you start Next your goal must be clear and well defined Finally how will you know you have succeeded If you are loosing weight the scale is a pretty good way to verify results, not all goals are that easy verify.