Do you set S.M.A.R.T. GOALS?
We often think of things we want to do and call it a goal then tell ourselves we are starting Monday, or next week, or January 1st… Many people get started but don’t stick with it. Is that you? If so don’t beat yourself up about it but rather make a list of the things you want to do and see which ones are really doable then get started.
Here are a few steps you can take to set S.M.A.R.T. goals
Is your goal specific?
Be as detailed as possible. The more specific you are, the more likely you are to reach the goal(s). Ask the who, what, when, where, why questions.
- Who’s involved, if anyone?
- What do you want to accomplish?
- What requirements and constraints exist, if any?
Is the goal measurable?
Establish criteria to measure your progress. How will you know when the goal is achieved if you haven’t set criteria to measure it? Create a checklist of steps and check off each item as it’s completed.
Is the goal attainable?
When you clearly identify your goal, you can incorporate the attitudes, abilities, and skills needed to reach your goals successfully. We often get caught up in what we think we should be doing instead of going after our true desires. Make sure your goals align with your future vision, your values and your authentic self.
Is this goal realistic?
You must be willing and able to work toward your goal. How committed are you? Have you done something similar in the past? What do you need to do to achieve the goal? Be honest with yourself about your available time and energy and plan accordingly. Make sure your goal is challenging enough to inspire and motivate you to put forth the action steps required to accomplish your goal. Step out of your comfort zone a little to challenge yourself while being realistic.
Is the goal timely?
Give your goal a deadline and create a calendar leading up to it with all the steps you need to take to reach your goal. Map out a timeline for each goal you set. Make sure each one is specific, measure it, make it attainable, make it realistic, then it becomes timely and doable!
A great way to choose goals is to look at the past to reevaluate by asking a few simple questions:
What went well?
What am I proud of?
What do I regret?
By asking these simple questions you can dig deep into the why’s to set more realistic goals and have less regrets this year. A great way to have less regrets is to work on goals that you REALLY want to achieve, not ones others think you ought to achieve. This is YOUR life and you only have one, so make it the best ever!
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