It’s hard to believe that it’s already February! Back in January, we wrote about counseling clients on effective goal-setting for 2018. Now that we’re a little over a month into the year, it’s time to check back in on progress toward those goals. We recommend using the SMART goal format: make those goals Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-Bound.
An important facet of the SMART goal format is taking time periodically to check in. This not only enhances the likelihood of reaching your goals (and helping your clients achieve theirs) but allows you to adjust them if necessary. This is especially true regarding the timeline: for example, if a goal set for March is achieved in February, then it’s a great time to set a more ambitious goal with an April deadline!
These periodic check-ins allow for a frank and honest evaluation of progress and can serve as motivation moving forward. It’s important to remind clients that adherence to new behavior changes is important but difficult. Occasional slip-ups happen, and that’s ok! What’s important is having an idea of what’s going well and where there are opportunities for growth.
And this doesn’t just have to do with client education. One of the advantages of SMART goals is that they are applicable to nearly any situation! Have you set any SMART goals for growing your private practice? Any SMART goals pertaining to setting up your business to accept insurance? Now is a great time to check in regarding those as well. As always, at Healthy Bytes, we’re always available to help demystify private practice and reimbursement.
Do you use the SMART goal-setting format either for yourself or for counseling clients? Comment below!