We all want to be successful. That means we need to set goals because without goals there is no focus or direction.
As we meet those goals we can check off the steps for seeing our progress and know when we are on or off track.
A surefire way to NOT succeed is to set very vague goals. Example: I want to lose weight.
When we don’t have the steps needed to know we are on the way or we reach the goal, and we don’t have a plan….all we have is a wish: I want to lose weight.
There is a particular way to set your goals and it’s called S.M.A.R.T. goals.
Let’s talk about setting S.M.A.R.T. goals for increasing our chances of success.
Think about a roadmap. There is the destination (goal) and then there are many many different ways (steps) to get to that destination. But there is only 1 straight or direct way to the destination.
We have to move beyond vague or generalized goals to clear and detailed or defined goals.
Example: Again using I want to lose weight. It’s very vague – not specific.
A better goal would be:
I will begin walking 1 mile
I will walk 3 times a week
I will walk on Mon Wed and Friday each week
I will walk 1 mile, 3 times a week on Monday Wednesday and Friday. This is a specific goal. Be Specific.
M = Measurable
Having a goal that is measurable helps with your motivation and it will also help you know when you have achieved reaching a certain or specific step.
Again let’s use Lose Weight: As it stands you don’t know how much weight you are going to lose therefore you won’t know when to celebrate that you have reached your weight loss goal.
Better way: I want to lose 10 pounds. Now let’s set some steps for being able to measure it.
Lose 2# week 1, Lose 2# week 2, Lose 2# week 3, Lost 2# week 4, lose 2# week 5.
As you lose, this will keep you motivated by being able to measure your progress. Make it Measurable.
A = Attainable
Don’t set the goals in unrealistic steps. You want to have each step attainable. This way you will keep moving forward.
In our last example for Measurable, if we had set our overall goal to 20 pounds and try to lost 5# each week for 4 weeks, that would not be attainable and we would have set ourselves up to fail.
Take small steps. Keep it Attainable.
R = Relevant
Make sure your goals and steps are all relevant to what you want to achieve.
Example: I want to travel the United States. Traveling is fine, but if I’m not able to stay away from home for extended periods of time, then this would not be anything I needed to pursue or be relevant to my overall lifestyle.
Make sure you know why, on a deep level, you want to have the goal before you even start making plans. Make sure it’s Relevant.
T = Time Bound
Plans must have a deadline. If not, it will be sitting out there – ongoing- with no sense of urgency.
You need to have a sense of urgency so you now when you this needs to be done and you have actually reached your specific step or goal.
With urgency or a deadline, as the time draws near, you have no choice but to do it.
I can tell you personally, If I have let’s say a month to work on a project before it’s due, I will most likely put it off until the last few days because of the urgency it creates to make sure it gets done.
Always create a timeline/deadline for your goals so you are pushed to get the job needed – done. Keep it Time Bound.
One other thing to understand is that setting goals is not a one tie thing. It is ongoing. You are always re-evaluating and revising your goals as needed.
Stay flexible with setting your S.M.A.R.T. Goals!
If you want to talk about some ways you can set up your S.M.A.R.T. goals, let’s do a Free S.M.A.R.T. Goals Call. Click the link, find your convenient time, and let’s do this! It really is that simple.
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