As the old adage goes, failing to plan is planning to fail.
When it comes to setting goals, some of us find it easy and others have more of a challenge. We may easily visualize what it is that we want, and have a harder time setting the action steps to get from point A to point B. Or, perhaps we only have a general idea of what we want, and need help getting more specific.
We can use the SMART technique to solidify our goals, and launch us on our way to achieving them.
A SMART goal is:
In other words, a goal that is very clear and easily understood.
The goal must clearly state what is to be achieved, by whom, where, and when it is to be achieved. It can even state why that goal is important to you. Not all these questions will apply to every goal, but it is important to ask all the questions in order to make it as clear and specific as possible.
It has been said that what cannot be measured cannot be managed. Measurability applies to both the end result and the milestones along the way to attaining a goal. It answers the question of quantity: how much, how often, and how many?
Ensure that the goals you set are achievable. It is of utmost importance that you believe you can manage to do what you are setting out to do. If you set goals that are unbelievable even to yourself, it is very unlikely you will achieve them.
Be careful that you do not limit yourself based on what other people believe to be achievable or not. Set your own standards by understanding your own abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.
Your goals must be relevant to what you want to achieve in the short term and long term. What’s the bigger picture for you? What do you truly want, both now and later? Does this goal fit in with your big picture?
Understanding your personal vision, mission, and purpose is critical in this respect. Something might tempt you simply because it is easy and sounds great, only to discover later that it really has no long-term importance to what you want to achieve. Choose to do the things that are most important to you, and in-line with your long-term vision and mission.
A goal is a dream with a time-frame to it. Simply deciding when you want to achieve something can be a great motivator.
Be smart, and use these five SMART steps to really hone in on what you want and how to get yourself there. You’ll be achieving your goals and dreams before you know it!
Jen Larsen, CPC, RYT200, is a certified professional life coach, yoga teacher, and nutrition and health coach. For over a decade, she has been helping people light their inner glow and achieve their fullest potential. Learn more about Jen through her website at www.lightyourinnerglow.com, reach out to her directly by phone at 407-757-5343, or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.