SMART Goals – the Golden Path to Success
Getting ahead in this world does not and should not involve a large amount of luck.
If it did then I might as well give up now and go find a job-rock to crawl under.
Nope, thankfully for me success is generally the result of bringing together a bunch of elements into a cohesive whole.
Now it’s not a case of just scooping it all up and kneading it together and calling that jumbled mess success. Oh no!
It is about taking a logical step-by-step or systematic approach and putting everything in it’s rightful place. The result is a beautiful mosaic of achievement.
If you’re anything like me this can end up being easier said than done.
We have so much going on in this world with our daily lives, interacting on social media platforms, most of us have full or part-time jobs and we’re trying to get our internet marketing businesses off the ground.
So how do we achieve our end result, how do we bring it all together?
That’s right folks, we need to figure out what things will be most likely to get us to our desired result and rank them in order of importance to us.
A point to note: this is very subjective, your life is not the same as my life nor are your dreams and goals.
What may be important to me may not be important to you. So we need to realise that any system we use will be broad or general in application for that reason and you should always stop and ask is this helping me. If not go and look for another way to get your results.
What these are is essentially a list of the steps you need to take in order to reach your desired result.
For example: If your desired result is taking your partner out for dinner on a Friday night, the week before you may write down a list of steps to take such as; check that we are both free that evening, what time will we go?, find a restaurant, make a reservation, organise transport to and from, pre-dinner and post-dinner drinks?, what to wear, flowers or gift (if special occasion… or not ), organise babysitter.
You get the picture. Then you organise this list in order of what needs doing first etc until the result is reached.
That is goal-setting in a nutshell.
SMART goals, are goals on steroids. They are generally more effective than just good ol’ list writing.
And yes you clever people, SMART is an acronym.
A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:
*Who: Who is involved?
*What: What do I want to accomplish?
*Where: Identify a location.
*When: Establish a time frame.
*Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
*Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
For example: A general goal would be, “Lose Weight”. But a specific goal would say, “Exercise 3 days a week for 30 minutes minimum each time and plan weekly menus”.
Set solid criteria for measuring progress toward reaching each goal you set.
When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience a sense of achievement that spurs you on to continue reaching for your goal.
To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……
How will I know when it is accomplished?
Once you’ve identified goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true.
You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin to see previously overlooked opportunities that bring you closer to achieving your goals.
You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps.
Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach are broken down and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them.
When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.
You create the vision of having achieved your goals, and so they come to fruition.
To be realistic, your goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work.
A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress. They are steps to your bigger vision.
A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts less motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love.
A goal should be placed within a time frame. With no time frame there’s no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? “Someday” never works.
When you anchor it within a timeframe, “by May 1st”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.
Your goal is probably realistic if you have the belief that it can be accomplished.
Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.
T can also be Tangible – A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing. It becomes real to you.
When your goal is tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.
This is a slight divergence from where I have wanted to take my blog, however with Christmas fast approaching and a new year hot on it’s heels, people are looking towards what they want to achieve next year.
So I felt now was a good opportunity to make mention of this useful tool, to help make your new year a greater success than the last.
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