Hay, it is February. 2020 is in full swing. I came across some interesting goal setting ideas. In researching the topic I came across fun tools, overwhelmingly complicated articles, and some that I couldn’t even understand. Of course, I opted for the fun ones!! One of my close friends absolutely shuts down when anyone mentions “Goals”. She must have had a disappointing experience as a child. Anyway, life is about moving ahead and finding joy in what we do. Often we do not move ahead unless we consider how to do so. This is my uncomplicated definition of goals.
What is a SMART Goal?
No matter what you call your goals, they must be specific and measurable. One of the best methods of goal-setting is setting SMART Goals. Ensure that your goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bounded. You have a bigger chance of achieving SMART goals than those that are vague and too broad or don’t have a specific target date for completion.
When goal-setting, your goal must be very clear and defined not only to you but to others as well. It should be precise, detailed, and capable of answering questions instead of creating more.
Include dates, exact financial numbers, and amounts in your goal. Your goal shouldn’t be, “Make more money,”it should state a specific amount, by a specific time. “I will make $10,000 extra dollars by January 1st, 2018.”If the goal is broken down into steps, each step must be measurable, as well.
Your goal must be achievable. You should be able to accomplish it within the constraints of time, money, environment, as well as your skills and abilities and other important factors. I do, however, recommend you set a couple of goals for yourself that I call “breakthrough goals” or a goal that is really going to push you to attain.
Goals should be in line with the direction that you’re heading in life. Keep your goals in line with your true purpose. Don’t waste time with unrealistic goals.
Always set specific deadlines for the completion of your goal. Creating a target date of completion creates accountability and gives you more motivation. If you don’t achieve your goal by your specific date, that’s ok, adjust and keep moving forward. Always set a date to your goals.