smart goal setting conceptIf you want to make positive behavioral changes in the new year, consider setting a SMART goal:

  • S: Specific, significant
  • M: Measurable
  • A: Achievable
  • R: Realistic and Results-oriented
  • T: Time based and Trackable

You are much more likely to stick to an exercise plan if you commit to a 30 minute walk or jog three days a week instead of saying, “I will exercise more.”

It is best to be as specific as possible and to make sure the goal is attainable. Accountability is important to success.

I encourage people to discuss their plans with a primary care provider, and to rely on trusted family and friends for support. A primary care provider also can help uncover barriers to achieving a goal, and troubleshoot ways to overcome those barriers.

Looking for additional information to help keep your resolutions, click here for the five tips for success.

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Luz Fernandez, M.D.

Dr. Luz Fernandez is a physicians with UofL Physicians - Family Medicine. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia. She received her medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency in family medicine.

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