How To Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals
You must have heard of the phrase: SMART Goals?
So what does it mean?
A: Achievable or Attainable
R: Relevant or Realistic
T: Time limited or Time-Bound.
So, what is it that You really Want?
A goal is like a compass. It helps you focus on where you want to go in life and make positive progress to get there. However, it’s important to remember that you need clarify your goals in order to achieve them. You’ll want to make it as easy as possible for you to reach them.
It may take some more time on your part, but when you write out detailed instructions for yourself instead of vague ideas, you have a much better chance at success. Not only do you know exactly what you need to do, but such plans also tend to invigorate you with more enthusiasm.
Follow these tips in order to clarify your goals:
1. Figure out your ultimate goal. What, exactly, do you want? Be Specific.
• Instead of a goal like “I want to be successful,” get down to specifics, such as “I want to own my own business which brings in at least $10,000 per month.”
2. Don’t be afraid of creating the detail. Make your goal Measurable.
You make the ultimate decision on what you want. Just don’t be afraid to set the details. Avoid goals like “I want to be rich” because there is no detail.
• How much money do you want to make?
• Why? What will this money provide for you that you desire?
• What lifestyle do you want? Cars, homes, ability to travel the world, philanthropy?
• How do you want to earn this money?
• When do you want this to happen?
• How can you prepare for this?
3. Break up your goals. Make Your Goals Achievable or Attainable.
When you stare at the ultimate goal, it may seem intimidating and unattainable. It’s important to break up your main goal into smaller goals. Write out detailed plans about how you’ll reach each of the smaller goals.
For example, if you want to start your own business, a small goal would be to research your local and business laws and register a name.
4. Make Sure Your Goals are Realistic and Relevant to Your Needs.
Make sure your desired goals are realistic and totally relevant to your needs as well as your capabilities.
It would be fruitless to set a goal that says: “I will climb Mount Everest in the new Year”, when you have never even taken a long walk anywhere, let alone climb a mountain! If climbing Mount Everest is your ultimate goal, begin by setting easier and more realistic goals, like, “I will join the Gym near me in the New Year to build up my muscles and reduce my weight”, or something similar. Then you can set the time-scale that will eventually lead you to climbing Mount Everest, perhaps in the next three or more years!
5. Give yourself deadlines. Make Your Goal Time-limited.
This is the time-bound bit of your goal setting. It is no use setting a goal that has no deadline. If you do that, you will not be motivated to achieve the., there will be no pressure to go get it done!
It’s vital to give yourself deadlines so you know you’re making progress towards your goals. Each of your small goals should have an attainable deadline.
In the business example above, maybe you’d give yourself a week’s time in order to research different business structures and laws.
5. Keep track and Celebrate Your Successes.
Make detailed notes about what you have done so far. Keeping track of your progress will help you stay organized and on top of your goals. Remember to celebrate your successes along the way, however small. Give yourself a pat on the back, so to speak! This will further motivate you to carry on and work at achieving the next small goal that will ultimately lead to achieving your main goal!
6. Make alternate plans.
Sometimes you won’t be able to make the deadline you have set out for yourself, or maybe you’ll be unable to follow through with a current plan entirely. It’s important to think of alternatives in case certain situations don’t work out in your favor. If you already have back up plans in place, you’ll save time if you run into snags on the way to your goals.
7. Get Organized
Organization can mean keeping all of your detailed plans and journals in a binder with tabs for easy access to your various sets of notes. Alternatively, you may opt to keep your materials organized by using project management software on your computer. Just remember to make backups of your digital information so that you don’t lose it.
No matter what method you’ve chosen, determine the details, set small attainable goals that lead toward your ultimate goals, be flexible so you can conquer challenges, and keep track of your progress.
Doing these things will bring you ultimate clarity and success.
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Here’s to your Success!
Dr Grace Anderson.