* What are SMART goals
*What are Open gaols
- They are non-specific and exploratory
* Setting Goals often doesn't work. So, what should we do.
* Specific goals can actually put us off.
- A common example of a goal is walking 10,000 steps per day.
* Specific goals are all-or-nothing: You either achieve the goal or you fail. In reality 9,000 steps might be an achievement especially on a busy day - but because you didn't reach your specific target it can feel disappointing.
* To avoid disappointment one of the alternatives is to set what's known as an "Open" goal.
* An "Open" goal are often phased as aiming to "see how well I can do". For example, I look forward to seeing how many steps I can achieve today.
The psychological benefits of Open goals.
* Studies show "Open" goals - compare to SMART goals - make the walking more enjoyable, make people feel more confident and make them feel they performed better. That boosts motivation and suggests "Open" goals can help people stay focused and on track to achieve longer.
* "Open" goals take away the trauma of failing.
* Always phrase your goal in an open-ended, exploratory way "I want to see how high I can get my average daily step count by the end of the year."