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Setting New Goals: Learning 5 Ways To Set Realistic Goals

Setting SMART goals
New goals are always motivating until we realize we can no longer achieve them.

New goals for the new year can be difficult to set for a variety of reasons.

Trying to make changes requires a lot more than simply setting new goals. It includes evaluating your situation and choosing a goal or set of goals you can achieve realistically.

This article (and video) will discuss how to set fair, reasonable, and easy to achieve goals.

Have you ever heard of SMART goals?

When I worked in a residential treatment facility with adolescents who struggled with traumatic backgrounds, part of my group therapy with them was to set SMART goals. SMART goals have a way of structuring your goal so that the chances of your succeeding are higher.

What are SMART goals?

SMART is an acronym for S (specific), M (measurable), A (achievable), R (realistic), and T (timely). I discuss more of this concept in the video below. A specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely goal would be:


S: “I would like to pass my upcoming exam.”

M: “I will check to see if I am on the right path by having my friends test me with flash cards.”

A: “I can achieve this as long as I study and give myself breaks throughout the week.”

R: “This goal is realistic because I have control over how much I study and what I study.”

T: “This goal is timely. I will study for 2 weeks before the exam.”


Setting S.M.A.R.T Goals


In addition, because a lot of people may find themselves feeling depressed after the holiday, I also discussed in this video is reaching out for therapy in the new year and what to look for. Seeing a good and caring therapist at the beginning of the year may be helpful. A good therapist can motivate you, help you set new goals, help you achieve them, help you re-organize your life and thoughts, help you prepare for major decisions you may have to make in the new year, etc. Having that added support can be beneficial.


Happy New Year


As always, I wish you well

*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

As we get closer to the middle of May states across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf hasn't reduced the mask wearing restrictions in Allegheny County. However, he has announced most of Western PA will be moving to the yellow phase beginning May 15. This means that we can slowly regain some normalcy.

But until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated Anchored Child & Family Counseling will remain closed. I will be making small transitions back to the office over the course of summer and seeing some clients in-person based on need.The office will be open starting June 17, 2020 with the goal of remaining open until/if state laws change in response to Corona virus restrictions.

In the meantime, I will be continuing teletherapy sessions until mid-June. My office assistant and I will be monitoring your insurance policy to ensure that you will be covered for teletherapy and that your copayments will be waived. At this time, it appears that all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy.

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Please continue to stay safe!
Thank you


Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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