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Each year people sit down to make New Year’s resolutions and set their goals for the coming year. The problem is most are not setting goals they are making wishes. However, there is a way to set your goals and ensure you hit your mark by employing SMART goal setting. Below your will learn the SMART way of setting goals and give yourself the opportunity to finally make your dreams come true.
Many have goals that are very vague like, I want to lose weight or I want a raise. While those are great things to go after, you have no specific target you are aiming for. Because of this, you stand very little chance to achieving your goal. If you want to lose weight state how much you want to lose. Do you want to lose 5, 10, 20 pounds? If you want that raise, how much do you want, 5, 10, 20%? Write it down and be clear and specific. Your goal needs to be so clear that if someone were to ask you what your goal is, there would be no hesitation in your explanation and they would have a very clear understanding of what you are going after.
Once you’ve identified your specific goal you need to be able to measure it. How you measure it is by setting intermediate goals along the way to your target goal. For instance, if you have a goal to lose 20 pounds then you’ll want to work backward and set a goal for 15, 10, and 5 then aim for the 5-pound goal first. You can do this with just about any type of goal because any large goal you will have will require smaller achievements.
Any goal you set can be attainable, however, you first need to become the person and develop the mindset of the person that can attain that goal. Some adjustments will be needed around what you focus on, what and who you are willing to let go of, the habits you’ve created, and your current thought process. With some minor daily changes what once seemed unattainable will be a stepping stone to a much larger goal.
When creating SMART goals you want to be realistic with your abilities and the resources available to you. This is not to say that you can’t set a BHAG, Big Hairy Audacious Goal. What this means is that your first goals need to be attainable given your current focus, habits, and mindset. As mentioned above, larger goals will become more realistic and attainable as you improve yourself daily. Go ahead and set a BHAG, but create realistic daily goals that lead up to the achievement of that one large goal.
Putting a time limit on your goal is a critical piece of the puzzle. Parkinson’s Law states, “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. If this is true, and I do believe it is as I’ve experienced it myself, then create your goals with a short window to complete. If you have a larger goal, as I mentioned before, break your goals up into smaller intermediate goals and aim to complete them in a shorter time frame. It’s ok to have 1, 5, and 10-year goals but also have daily, weekly, and monthly goals that lead up to the larger goal, especially the BHAG.
What SMART goals are you going to achieve? Let me know and I’d love to help you in any way I can.
Author: Bryan Oliver
Bryan Oliver is the founder of www.flight4success and is a strategic leader, success coach, and best-selling author. Bryan coaches on confidence, mindset, and habit creation to help you reach your dreams.