Coaching Using SMART Goals

Published on 9 July 2023 at 20:07

SMART Goals are my go-to goal setting system.

I have used them in every case management meeting, assessment I have ever done, and it has always been the most effective way to set goals and measure progress. 


In health and wellness coaching, setting goals is a critical part of the process to achieve better health outcomes. Goals help individuals identify what they want to achieve, how they will measure their progress, and what they need to do to move closer to their desired outcomes. One way to ensure that goals are effective is by using SMART goals.

SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound. Each of these characteristics serves a different purpose and enhances the effectiveness of the goal-setting process. Below is an explanation of each component of a SMART goal and how it can be applied in health coaching.

  • Specific: A goal should be specific enough to allow for clear communication and understanding of what is being worked towards. Health coaches work with clients to help them identify specific areas where they want to make changes, such as losing weight or reducing stress.
  • Measurable: A goal should be measurable, meaning that progress can be tracked over time. This allows individuals to see how far they have come and how much further they need to go. Health coaches use metrics such as body weight, blood pressure, and other health indicators to measure progress towards goals.
  • Achievable: A goal should be achievable and realistic, meaning that it is possible to attain given the individual's resources and abilities. Health coaches help clients understand what is achievable for them based on their current lifestyle habits and physical abilities.
  • Relevant: A goal should be relevant to an individual's overall health and well-being. This means that it aligns with their values, beliefs, and priorities. Health coaches work with clients to ensure that goals align with their overall vision for their health and life.
  • Time-bound: A goal should have a specific timeframe for achievement. This helps individuals stay focused and motivated towards achieving their goals. Health coaches set specific deadlines for goals and track progress towards them regularly.

In health coaching, SMART goals are used to help clients achieve a range of outcomes, from weight loss to stress reduction to improved fitness levels to stress reduction. By setting goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound, individuals are more likely to achieve success and see an improvement in their overall health and well-being. Health coaches like me support their clients throughout the process by providing guidance, accountability, and motivation to help them move towards their desired outcomes.


If you have any questions about how I use SMART goals in my sessions, reach out using the "Work with Me" page to schedule a FREE 60-Minute Consultation!

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