How to Create Powerful SMART Goals for Success

Self improvement and growth are imperative in order to live your best life.

One of the key ways to track your success and development is through the setting of goals.

Goals are simply what you want to achieve after a given period of time.

They can be small specific targets, to reach a certain weight for example, or vaguer life goals (perhaps, retiring by age 60).

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1. What Are SMART Goals?
2. How To Implement SMART
Goals Into Your Life

3. Initial Goal Starting
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A common time for goal setting is around the New Year, many of us plan to do things differently come January 1st but only around 8% of us actually achieve these resolutions.

But what if there was a way to make your goals more achievable and motivate yourself to keep going?

Read on to find out all about setting SMART goals for success.


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What Are SMART Goals?

The idea behind SMART goals is believed to have come from Peter Drucker’s Management by Objectives concept.

Creating these goals is a method often used in project management, employee-performance management and personal development.

This article focuses on the latter.

Top-level athletes, successful businesspeople and achievers in all fields all set goals using the SMART acronym.

Each letter of the acronym, SMART, guides the goal setting process to ensure you have well defined targets that you can easily track your progress with.


“A goal without a plan, is only a dream” – Brian Tracy

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How To Implement SMART Goals Into Your Life

Before you begin creating your very own SMART goals, let’s talk about what they include.

S pecific

Define what exactly you want to achieve.

What does success look like to you?

Think about why you want to complete this action, and how you would go about doing this.

M easurable

Find a way to measure you progress along the way to achieving this goal.

If your goal is to drink more water, you could measure how many litres you are drinking daily until you reach your target of 2 litres a day, for example.

You could also create a detailed timeline to follow throughout the process.


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A chievable

Consider what tools and resources you will need to make your goal achievable.

Do you need a detailed plan? Will it cost money? Or do you just need more knowledge or skills in that area?

List all the things you will need throughout the process.

R ealistic

Given the resources available to you, think about how realistic your goal is to achieve.

Consider its importance to you and whether it is the right time in your life to be embarking on this journey.

Find ways to make your goal more realistic by relaxing deadlines or designating a certain amount of time a week to this goal.

T ime-related

Decide on a final time you want your goal to be achieved by.

This can be as specific as a certain date and time.

Or a bit looser, such as, by the time you are 30 years old.

Make sure you are clearly defining a time, whilst not putting too much pressure on yourself with unrealistic deadlines.


Ever heard of SMART goals? Well I am about to tell you all about them. Sit tight and get ready to open your eyes to a world where goals and dreams can be achieved with ease.

Now you’re ready to decide on the goals you would like to set, make sure to have a good look at any vision boards you have, or simply think about what you have always wanted in your future.

Setting long-term goals can take time, so do not rush to complete your list of future SMART goals as this can affect your success rate.


Initial Goal Starting Points

Here are some starting points to initiate the goal-making process:

  • Transition to a vegan diet and lifestyle
  • Drink 2 litres of water a day
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes, 4 days a week
  • Reduce household plastic waste by 50%
  • Improve your sleeping schedule
  • Volunteer once a week
  • Create and maintain a capsule wardrobe
  • Indulge in self-care practices, 3 times a week
  • Reduce impulse buys by focusing on needs more than wants
  • Begin a bullet journal

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How to Live a Happy and Healthy Vegan Life

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The popularity of Veganism has increased over seven times between 2014 and 2019.

According to Google trends, it now gets almost four times more interest than vegetarian and gluten free searches.

But there is still so much people don’t know about living as a vegan and how it differs from a carnivorous lifestyle.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, a vegan is someone who ‘does not eat or use animal products’.

However, The Vegan Society defines Veganism as a ‘way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose’.

The key difference here is taking more of a holistic approach to the removal of animal products from one’s life.

This is the approach I am trying to take, but I find it easier to be more strict with my diet.


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How is Living as a Vegan Easier Than Ever?

One of the main reasons Veganism has had a surge in popularity is due to the growing demand and supply of vegan alternatives, especially foods.

Maintaining a vegan diet, used to be a case of simply eating plant-based foods in their organic forms.

This is still how a lot of vegans choose to eat, but it is a way of life I know I couldn’t stick to (for a vegan, I’m not that much into fruit and veg).

Now there are so many different alternatives, any carnivorous food you can think of, I bet there is a vegan alternative out there.

You can even buy vegan eggs in a proper egg box and everything!

I personally think some alternatives have gone a bit far in duplicating what a carnivore diet offers.

For example, I’m not a fan of fake meat that looks like it has blood in it. Or vegan bacon that pretends to have fat on it.

But I am so grateful for all the dietary options I have, and I love how major food chains are taking part too!

Cough cough….Gregg’s vegan sausage roll and steak bake, yum.

In terms of maintaining a vegan lifestyle, so many stores now label their items that are vegan.

Superdrug is great for labelling their products vegan and cruelty-free.

Whilst, Marks and Spencers always label their vegan shoes.

Once you start to notice these little things, it is difficult to stop.



My Journey to Veganism

Growing up, I never liked the thought of meat being from an animal.

I just loved animals so much, why would I want to eat a dead one?

Neither did I really enjoy the texture, I always wondered what part of the body I was eating.

I remember going out for Sunday lunch and my parents forcing me eat my chicken or turkey.

They only thought they were doing what is best for me to get all the nutrition I need.

But in reality, you can leave an amazingly happy and healthy life without meat.

My parents finally let me become vegetarian when I was 10 years old.

I was so happy and excited to try out this new lifestyle, and I took to it well.

Of course there were a few hiccups. I didn’t know just how many sweet foods contained gelatine, which is a big no no.

But I have loved the way I felt living like this, and I really didn’t find it that restricting at all.

As I got older, I became more educated in to what animal derived products are and how I was still affecting and causing harm to animals through my diet and lifestyle.

By the time I was 15 years old, I made the step to become vegan.

I started it as 30-day pledge with The Vegan Society but it just kind of stuck.

It wasn’t as difficult a transition as I imagined and I felt so much better in myself.

Ever since then, my diet has been full strict vegan.

And I love it.



The Vegan Lifestyle, Not Just Diet

For the 6 years I have been vegan, I have not always considered the lifestyle as important as the diet.

After becoming more educated on this, through channels such as The Vegan Society and numerous documentaries (Cowspiracy and Forks Over Knives are my top Netflix recommendations), I now try to incorporate as much of this animal-loving way of life as possible.

It is not always easy.

You don’t realise just how many household products have been produced with the help of animals.

My main struggle has always been clothing, shoes and handbags. So many of these items include leather and other animal derived materials.

However, I have now made a promise to myself to keep the items I already have, but to only buy vegan-friendly products in the future.

I recently bought a faux black leather jacket that I love, not to mention my beyond amazing vegan Dr. Martens.

These Jadon II Mono‘s are my prize possession!

They offer amazing quality and comfort. I am certain they will last a lifetime.

This purchase not only made me feel good, but it is also a great investment for me in the long-run.

If you are looking to add some vegan pieces to your home, I’d recommend checking out The Vegan Kind, Alternative Stores and Ocado.


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Top Tips for Transitioning to Veganism

Changing your diet and the way you live can be a really daunting prospect.

Everyone has different reasons for why they chose to become vegan or vegetarian, but it is usually just as difficult.

Here are my top tips to get you started.

Don’t let anything go to waste

For a lot of people, the first action of their new lifestyle is to get rid of everything in their house (especially foods) which aren’t vegan.

Please don’t do this.

It is completely fine if you want to get rid of carnivorous foods because you now can’t eat them for medical reasons.

But for the vast majority of people, this is not the case.

These items you previously bought should be used or eaten, and not wasted.

I feel like the animals suffered for no reason at all if the product doesn’t fulfil its purpose.

So finish off that new sliced ham in the fridge and keep wearing that leather jacket!

Start off gently

A complete diet and lifestyle change is not something you should just do overnight.

It takes time to transition into this new way of living and if you push yourself too far, too quickly, it is going to do more harm than good.

There is no need to rush out and buy every vegan thing you can find in the supermarket, please go at your own pace and start introducing these new foods into your life gradually.

A good place to start is by swapping a few things out in your diet.

For example, once you’ve ran out of that ham you loved so much, why not try the Quorn smoky ham slices to add to your sandwich instead?


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Try meat free Mondays

To add to that last point, another tip I suggest for beginning the transition to Veganism is my starting off with ‘meat free Mondays‘.

Launched by the inspirational Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney in 2009, this initiative is a great way to save the planet in so many ways.

Don’t feel guilty by starting off slow, Oxfam suggests that replacing red meat and dairy with vegetables for just one day a week can cut an individual’s annual emissions by the equivalent of a 1,160-mile car trip.

Not only does it save the environment, but a recent report in the The Lancet concluded that if we cut our meat consumption by 30% in the UK 18,000 fewer people would die prematurely from heart attacks each year.

Forgive yourself, accidents happen

This is one of the most important things to note from this entire article, don’t be so hard on yourself!

I wish I could go back and tell my younger self this advice, there have been so many times I have been angry and frustrated with myself for all the slip-ups I have had.

But there is no need to be disheartened, just the intention to become vegan is so selfless and amazing.

You should be so proud of yourself.

It is almost impossible to not mess-up a few times along the way.

I’ve been vegan now for about 6 years and I still make an accidental non-vegan purchase every now and again.

It is only natural after such an extreme change in lifestyle, so please be patient with yourself and remember how amazing you are!

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Drink More Water – The Benefits + How to Establish the Habit

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog post! I’m back again, and today I want to discuss the benefits of a basic human need…drinking water.

Some readers might think this is a topic that doesn’t need a discussion, as it is quite imperative to our survival.

But it is really surprising how many of us drink little to no water daily.

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1. The Physical Benefits
2. The Psychological Benefits
3. My Personal Experience
4. Establish Drinking Water
as a Habit

5. How Much Water Should
We Be Drinking?

I was one of these people for a long time and have only recently changed my ways.

Over the last 3 months, I have really noticed a difference in how I feel and positive changes in my body. And this is all because I began drinking more water.

I want to discuss my personal experiences with the wonders of hydration later on in this article.

But for now, let’s get into the sciencey bit.


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The Physical Benefits

By ‘physical benefits’, I am referring to the changes we notice to the external parts of our bodies, these are usually the changes and benefits most talked about when it comes to water consumption.

1. Boosts your performance during exercise

Physical exertion is the number one reason people stop exercising. They are too tired to carry on. But what if there was a way to extend the period of energised movement?

There is…drinking water is the answer.

Your physical performance can be almost instantly improved by hydrating.

This is especially important when exercising intensely or in hot conditions (see here).

Drinking a good amount of water can prevent reduced motivation and exhaustion.

I have also found, it makes exercising feel less difficult, physically and mentally.

2. Speeds up weight loss

Water is a fast and easy way to boost your metabolism. It is so simple, drink water and lose weight quicker and more efficiently.

A boost in your metabolic rate, helps your body to burn more calories on a daily basis. Therefore, resulting in weight loss.

A great tip is to drink a glass of water 30 minutes before your next meal. It can make you feel fuller and as a result, you intake fewer calories (see here).

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3. Keeps your skin bright and tight

When dehydrated, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and wrinkling.

Drinking more water can prevent this from happening.

Keeping your body hydrated, will keep your skin hydrated and, in turn, promote the production of collagen.



The Psychological Benefits

The psychological benefits of staying hydrated refers to the affects on the brain and behaviours. These changes are not as commonly discussed as the physical changes as they are often not as obvious.

1. Improves your brain functionality and boosts energy levels

Studies have shown that just mild dehydration (fluid loss of 1-3%) can negatively affect your energy levels and mood, resulting in a poorer performance of your brain and memory.

This is because your brain is highly influenced by your water consumption.

Therefore, increasing the amount of water you are drinking, and staying hydrated, helps your brain and energy do the best they can.

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2. Prevents the risk of headaches and can treat existing ones

Dehydration and headaches often go hand-in-hand.

Getting a headache is one of the number one symptoms that you are not drinking enough water (see here).

Studies have also shown a correlation between drinking water and the relief of headaches.

3. Can enhance your mood

Similarly to improved brain functionality, keeping hydrated can also positively affect your mood.

Dehydration has been linked to an increase in fatigue and confusion. This unhealthy state can also progress to feelings of anxiety.

Therefore, as a result of drinking water, your mood is likely to be more positive.


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My Personal Experience

As I’m sure you know, there are a tonne more benefits to drinking water and staying hydrated. The list could go on forever.

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Along with the enhancements listed above, I also felt a lot of changes to my mental state and overall energy levels.

Firstly, I noticed improvements in my bodily functions. Everything just seemed to work a bit smoother and more efficiently (although I definitely needed to use the toilet more).

I think because my body and its functions felt better, so did I.

My energy and efficiency seemed to double overnight. I now have more energy to be productive and more energy and drive during exercise.

These changes over the past months have also positively affected my mental health. Having more energy and getting more things done, has made me feel happier than I have in forever.

I have loved the differences I have found in myself due to my perseverance with drinking more water and instilling this habit.



Establish Drinking Water as a Habit

Remembering to keep drinking water throughout the day, hasn’t always been as easy for me as it is now.

For someone who only really had a drink with a main meal, it was very unusual for me to be drinking throughout the day, and to choose water over a fizzy drink.

It has taken me about a month to really get the hang of this habit and imprint this into my way of life.

So here is how I did it so you can too!

Invest in a quality water bottle or flask

I purchased a Chilly’s bottle and can not recommend it enough. It is great value for money, as the quality is outstanding and the bottle keeps my water cold for longer than I even need.

I love my water bottle so much, I actually want to drink from it. This investment really kickstarted my waterdrinking and has continued to remind me to stay hydrated.

I seriously recommend everyone gets a reusable water bottle. Not only for yourselves, but also for the environment.

7.7 billion single-use water bottles are used each year, in the UK alone. Most end up polluting our rivers and seas, often endangering wildlife.

Set yourself a goal

In the early days of establishing your habit, it can be very important to set yourself a goal to keep in mind throughout your journey.

For me, I started by simply having a sip of water from my water bottle whenever I remembered.

Eventually, when I was doing this regularly, I set myself a new target to consume a certain amount of cups per day.

Every time I reached my goal, I celebrated my success then set a new one.

Finally, I managed to drink the NHS’s recommended daily allowance with ease.

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Track your daily water intake

This was a big one for me. Tracking how much water you drink, can encourage you to drink more by giving yourself a sense of achievement.

You should celebrate every day that you get closer to your goal and the days you reach it.

Tracking your intake is also important to make sure you are on the right track and are consuming the amount you set out to.

If you have a diary or bullet journal, I recommend creating a monthly habit tracker and making a note of how many glasses you are drinking each day.

Have a glass of water with every meal

By using food as a reminder to drink water, you are much more likely to remember to do it.

I used to always have a fizzy drink or fruit cordial with my meals. This meant I was consuming more sugar and not getting as much water as I needed.

By ensuring you only drink water with your food, you are adding to your daily total whilst keeping yourself hydrated throughout meals.

Keep water by your bed

Having a drink of water just before you go to bed and as soon as you wake up is a great practice, and one which benefits your body in many ways.

Make sure to fill up your water bottle or glass before you get into bed so it will be waiting for you in the morning.

This is an easy reminder for yourself, as well as being a great way to kickstart your mornings.


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So How Much Water Should You be Drinking Daily?

Unfortunately there isn’t a straightforward answer to this question.

Many different scientific studies has revealed many different results. Results which are all similar and prove the benefits of drinking water, but have lead to slightly different recommendations.

The recommended amount of water to intake daily, mainly differs from country to country. This can be linked to different climates; the warmer the climate, the more you should drink.

For this article, I use and refer to the UK government’s recommended 6-8 cups or glasses of water per day. This is equivalent to around 1.2 litres.

This includes drinking low-fat milks and low-sugar drinks, including tea and coffee. However, I personally only track my pure water consumption.

But if you would like to, or feel the need, to drink more water than this, please do. You would have to drink between 0.8 to 1.0 litres of water per hour to be at risk of over-hydration.



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