Setting goals is easy but achieving them
Thatís why setting ďSMARTĒ goals Ė Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic
and Timely Ė is the first step in making your goal a reality. Make your
goal as Specific as possible and express it in positive terms. Do you want
to stop losing money or do you want to start making money? How much money
do you want to make?
How do you Measure success? Youíll need a way to evaluate your progress
and determine if youíre moving towards your goal. For example, if you want
to improve your finances, then you should have a way of keeping track of
income and expenses.
Is your goal Achievable? Consider whether you have the resources necessary
to achieve your goal. If not, you need to determine if you can assemble
everything required to streamline your process. Remove any obstacles before
you get started!
Realistic goals are achievable goals, unrealistic goals are just dreams.
Itís not necessary to be negative but take time to honestly evaluate whether
youíre being realistic. Losing 30 pounds in 2 weeks is not impossible but
itís not very likely and certainly not healthy.
Make your goal Timely by stating a due date for your goal AND the action
steps involved in achieving it.
Align your goals with your values.
If your goal doesnít reflect your beliefs and character then youíll have
difficulty achieving it. And even if you do manage to get what you want,
you wonít be very happy. Set a goal which is meaningful to you and be clear
about the consequences of your outcome.
Share your goals with three to five
Not everyone needs this strategy with every goal but almost everyone can
benefit from it at some point. Finding supportive, positive people is key
because you certainly donít need anyone sabotaging your progress.
Assemble everything you need before
you need it.
This prep work is vital in eliminating the frustrating and time consuming
ďrunning aroundĒ which can derail your progress later on.
Minimize potential challenges.
There are 3 key ways to prevent overconfidence and poor planning from creating
obstacles down the line:
Create a complete, measurable, action plan which includes all the steps
necessary to achieve your goal. Donít forget due dates for each step.
Incorporate all your actions into your schedule. Add them to your calendar
with anywhere from 10-20% flextime to help you control any unexpected delays.
Regularly evaluate your progress. You may need to make changes or adjustments
as your project takes shape. Anticipate them so you wonít get blind-sided.
Complete at least one action per day.
Consistent actions will propel you towards your goal. Even choosing a small
task will make a dent in your to-do list and may motivate you to do even
Establish a support system.
Who or what can provide you with encouragement, advice, healthy feedback
or a willing ear?
Donít wait until you achieve your goal, especially if itís a long-term one.
Reward yourself as you reach certain milestones. Something as simple as
scheduling time for yourself or perhaps a special treat that youíve felt
guilty about indulging in can keep you motivated to keep going.