What Kind of Goals Would You Like to Achieve?

| Posted On Jan 05, 2021 | By:

When it comes to setting goals, chances are you’ve heard about the importance of setting goals that are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. If you’re able to answer “yes” to each of the following questions, you’ll know you’ve set a SMART goal.


Let’s go through an example. Say you’re interested in becoming more health-conscious, and you’d like to “eat a healthier diet.”


While setting SMART goals is great, setting SMARTER goals is even better! So, in addition to setting goals that are SMART, why not take that goal of eating more fruits and vegetables and also make it Energizing and Rewarding?


While setting SMARTER goals is even greater than setting SMART goals, setting the SMARTEST goals is better still! In addition to setting goals that are SMART and Energizing, why not set goals that are also Self-reinforcing (rather than simply Rewarding) and Transformative?

If you’re like most people, setting goals that hold the promise of energizing, rewarding—or, better yet, self-reinforcing—and transforming you will elevate them to a whole new level, increasing your motivation and improving your chances of success, however, you happen to define it.

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About Dr. Linda Bolle

Dr. Linda Bollé is a clinical psychologist who works as part of an interdisciplinary team in Atrius Health’s Department of Physiatry, Spine, and Pain Management. In addition to earning a master’s degree in rehabilitation teaching from Boston College, Dr. Bollé earned both her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Antioch University/New England, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital’s Outpatient Pain Services Clinic in Medford, MA. Her clinical interests include mind-body medicine, health psychology, solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness-based stress reduction. In addition to serving her patients, Dr. Bollé enjoys helping her fellow clinicians clarify their priorities and achieve goals that lead to the happiest, healthiest, and most fulfilling lives imaginable.