You have probably heard of SMART goals already. If not, it's a goal setting technique that if adhered to will work and I can stand by that, having used it personally in the past, not just for health and fitness related goals, but also business, career etc. For goals to be powerful, they should be designed to be SMART. SMART stands for:
- S - Specific.
- M - Measurable.
- A - Attainable.
- R - Relevant.
- T - Time Bound.
(1) Set Specific Goals
Your goal must be clear and well defined. Vague or generalized goals are unhelpful because they don't provide sufficient direction. Remember, you need goals to show you the way. Make it as easy as you can to get where you want to go by defining precisely where you want to end up. For example, instead of saying you want to lose 2 stone, rephrase it and get more specific by saying you want to lose 2 stone by the 2nd of July 2018, because you have a wedding that you want to look good for then.
(2) Set Measurable Goals
Following on from that, include precise amounts, dates, and so on in your goals so you can measure your degree of success. If your goal is simply defined as "To reduce expenses" how will you know when you have been successful? In one month's time if you have a 1 percent reduction or in two years' time when you have a 10 percent reduction? Without a way to measure your success you miss out on the celebration that comes with knowing you have actually achieved something & it's a great feeling knowing that you've crossed the finish line!
(3) Set Attainable Goals
Make sure that it's possible to achieve the goals you set. If you set a goal that you have no hope of achieving, you will only demoralize yourself and erode your confidence. However, resist the urge to set goals that are too easy. Accomplishing a goal that you didn't have to work hard for can be anticlimactic at best, and can also make you fear setting future goals that carry a risk of non-achievement. By setting realistic yet challenging goals, you hit the balance you need. These are the types of goals that require you to "raise the bar" and they bring the greatest personal satisfaction.
(4) Set Relevant Goals
Goals should be relevant to the direction you want your life and career to take. By keeping goals aligned with this, you'll develop the focus you need to get ahead and do what you want. Set widely scattered and inconsistent goals, and you'll fritter your time – and your life – away.
(5) Set Time-Bound Goals
You goals must have a deadline. Again, this means that you know when you can celebrate success. When you are working on a deadline, your sense of urgency increases and achievement will come that much quicker.
Thanks for reading, hope you got something from it and heres to you all smashing your goals in 2018! :)