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Make Your Goals “SMART” Goals

How you write your goals can make the difference between celebrating success and floundering with frustration.

Tune up your goals before your set them into action by making them SMART!

The acronym SMART stands for Specific, Measureable, Action-oriented, Realistic and Time-lined. To improve your percentage of success with your goals work on making your goals SMART Goals!


When you write your goals, make them as specific as possible. Adding detail will make it more likely that you will follow through with your goals. Here is an example of how to apply this principle to Diabetes management.

SMART GOAL: I will monitor my blood sugars on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, alternating the time for each day: Monday–before breakfast, Wednesday–before lunch, Friday–before dinner and Saturday–before bedtime snack.


Be sure your goals are measurable and stated in a way that the outcomes can be measured.

SMART GOAL: I will check and clean my meter immediately prior to starting each new vial of strips.


Write your goals in an active voice! Actions result in positive changes!

SMART GOAL: I will record each result in my diabetes application on my iPhone immediately at the time I take the measurement.


Make your goals realistic. Your goals need to work with your life-style.

SMART GOAL: I will monitor my blood sugar before breakfast, lunch, dinner and bedtime snack every day, and one hour before and after my hockey practice and games.


Be specific about the timing of your goals. If you specify the date, time and duration of an action you are more likely to successfully complete your goal.

SMART GOAL: On Thursday at 10 AM I will meet with the Diabetes Educator to receive training on the proper use of my new blood glucose monitor.

Writing SMART Goals takes practice! Each time you write a goal, check it to see if it meets all the criteria of a SMART Goal.

Ask yourself the following questions:

Is it specific?
Is it measurable?
Is it action-oriented?
Is it realistic?
Is it time-lined?

I commend you on your commitment to gather the information you need each day to make your best decisions about life-style choices as they relate to your diabetes– well done!

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