Here you will learn how easy and effective smart goal setting can be. This method has been tried and tested over and over again and the results are clear. In certain types of situations, It works. Every time.Have you been setting smart goals already and felt the difference? You can share your encouraging story and/or victory here.
Here you will learn how to change your dreams to fit the SMART model (that is, specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timed). Doing this is proven to give you power, focus, vision, and motivation.
Each of the 5 aspects has it's own power and influence on your perspective and behaviour.
So let's go through each aspect one by one...
Specific goals are clear and concrete rather than vague. Having specific goals works because you know exactly what you have to do. The action you have to take is clear.
A vague goal would be for example, to be healthier.
Nice sentiment certainly.
A specific goal however would be to exercise. Even more specific would be to play sports. Even more specific still would be to play football.
Making your goal measurable achieves two desirable things:
1) You know exactly when you have completed your goal.
2) All the way through your journey you know precisely how far away you are from completing your goal and therefore how much effort you will have to put in to complete it.
The increased accuracy of a measurable goal means that you can reflect and adjust your goal and find a more motivating target next time.
The key to motivation is making things real. That means knowing exactly where you are and where you want to be. Facing reality.
To start running a lot is specific but it can't be measured. To run 3 times a week, 5 km each time on the other hand can be measured very accurately.
Smart goal setting means setting the kind of goals that influence you in a clear undeniable way. The primary purpose of smart goal setting is to cause you to move.
If a goal doesn't naturally lead to action then something is wrong with the goal. Often the goal isn't attainable within the time frame, or sometimes is to too easily attainable.
If you set a goal that is way too difficult for you within a certain time frame, you tend to not start taking action because, "what's the point, I'm never going to get there anyway." If the goal is too easy you may naturally think, "no rush, I'll do it later."
Having an attainable but challenging goal really is the ideal. What is attainable is completely dependant on the person.
The beauty of this concept is that pretty much NOTHING is unattainable. It's just a matter of giving yourself enough time.
When you're thinking about ten or twenty year goals you shouldn't be afraid to aim high. Who knows what's possible?
The question to constantly ask yourself, is "what do I really want?" and "What is it that I want the most right now?". "What is a top priority for me now?"
It may be obvious to you. As clear as day. If not, creating a longer term vision may be useful for you. For example, perhaps 30 or so things you want to achieve in the next 20 years. Once your vision is in place you're more able to prioritise your immediate goals.
The huge vision of what you want to become and achieve in 10, 20, 30 years has a subtle pulling influence.
Smart goal setting is partly about setting the right goals in the first place.
Timed means exactly that. Set a date. Set a time and date that you want to reach your goal by.
You must try not to fret about setting a date. Just do it. There is magic in doing this. You do it so you can enjoy the magic influence it has on you.
Once you've set one don't worry about it too much. Even if you end up doing nothing what did you lose? You can have a look at it every few days perhaps and if you feel like it go with the flow it creates and take short term efforts if and when you feel like.
If you have a problem setting a date, It may be because you can't bear the idea of facing yourself when the date arrives and you have "failed".
I know the feeling well. But that is not failure. I think a more accurate view of failure is not trying in the first place.
By using smart goal setting it's clear to see you're sure to become more and achieve more... in a way completely unique to you, and at a pace completely unique to you. To get started check out some of these free resources:
Have you been setting smart goals and felt the difference? Did you take that brave leap and write down specifically what you wanted to achieve and when by? No matter who you are, or what your goal, your encouraging story and victory can reach somebody that perhaps no-one else can! It is often seemingly small victories from someone unexpected that have the HUGE power to impart the courage-to-challenge in many others who usually wouldn't.
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