SMART or SMARTIE GOALS – here is some great information and questions to ask yourself about your goals.
The following process can be used to keep you on track to acheiving your goals. Goals should be as detailed as possible so that you can achieve the specific outcomes that you are wanting. Anyone that reads your goals should understand exactly what you are intending to create. Write stepping stone action steps. do that you will take a step closer each time you do something to accomplish your goal.
Goals should be set high enough so that they stretch you out of your comfort zone. Goals that are too easily acheived won’t stretch you enough and won’t be challenging enough for you. Challenging goals will push you towards being a person who grows through learning lessons on the journey to acheiving the desired outcome. Make sure your goals are not too challenging that you will then subconciously think you won’t be able to acheive the outcome.
Your goals need to be:
Specific: Is your goal stated precisely? Who is involved? What do I want to accomplish? Where – do I need to identify a location? Which – identify requirements and constraints. Why – determine specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing your goal. Your must know exactly what you want to accomplish in detail
Measureable: How will I know when I have achieved the goal? How will you measure your progress towards achieving your goals? What measure will I use to know if I am on track? Set a checklist of criteria that you can measure your progress against. By doing this you stay on track, reach your target dates, and then experience the exhiliration of achievement which will in turn motivate you to reach your goal. To determine if your goal is measureable, ask questions such as how much?, how many?, how will I know it’s accomplished?
Attainable/Achievable/Agreed: Is it really possible to reach this goal givn your current situation if you are committed 100%? When you identify goals that are most important to you, you will begin to figure out ways you can make them a reality. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills and financial capacity to reach them. You begin to see previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.
Realistic/Relevant: Is my goal realistic and relevant towards your life purpose? Do I really believe that it’s achievable or is my goal just wishful thinking? To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are willing and able to work towards. A goal can be high and realistic. You are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. Be sure that every goal you set represents substantial progress on past goals.
Timely: How long will it take to reach my goal? is this the right time to set this goal? A goal should be grounded within a timeframe. With no timeframe tied to it, there’s no sense of urgency. so anchor your goal to a timeframe to a specific date. Then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.
T can also stand for –
Tangible: A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of your senses. Taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing. When your goal is tangible, you have a better chance of making it specific, measureable and attainable.
Implement: This means taking inspired action now. Your goals won’t become a reality unless you implement your plan. Do it now! Make sure you do the following five things.
1. Have a positive mindset
2. Have a crystal clear picture of the outcome
3. Take massive inspired action
4. Have someone who you can be acocuntable to, a Life Coach (maybe that could be me) or a family member or friend who is on the same page that you are
5. Don’t ever give up on you goal
Evaluate: Is your plan working and are your goals being reached? If not, go back to the planning stage. If you are acheiving your goals, congratulations you’re a star.
It is vital that we always have goals to work towards. Goals are priorities that need to be met on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. Long term goals could be 5 – 10 years. What is it that you want to acheive? Medium term goals could be 2 -5 years, and short term goals could be a goal for today, this week, this month, or this year.