Set SMART Goals (Acronym)
Has everyone heard of “SMART goals” ?
Set Specific Goals
Your goal must be clear and well defined. General or vague goals are obstructive because they don’t provide sufficient direction.
Goals show us the way… similar to reading a map to reach your final destination.
Set Measurable Goals
Include detailed quantities, dates, and so forth when mapping your goals.
This will allow you to measure your degree of success.
If your goal is simply save some money: how will you know when you have succeeded?
Be more precise… I will save this amount of money by this date by making these specific changes.
Set Attainable Goals
Make sure that it’s within your reach to achieve the goals you set.
A huge confidence killer is setting a goal that you know you are unable to achieve.
Don’t set goals that are too simple.
Accomplishing a goal that you didn’t have to work hard is not really an achievement.
Set realistic goals that challenge you to find balance.
They require us to “raise the bar” while obtaining personal satisfaction.
Set Relevant Goals
Goals must be relevant to which direction we’d like our life or career to take.
Focus will grow when we set goals that are in line with where we want to be.
If we don’t have set goals we will be all over the place and never get to the place where we actually reach them.
Set Time Bound Goals with a Deadline
Goals need to be set with a concrete finish time in mind.
This gives a date to celebrate accomplishment.
Our sense of urgency is elevated when and meeting our goals; much more attainable when we have a deadline.