Goal – the end toward which effort is directed
S.M.A.R.T Goals – Goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.
Foundation – an underlying basis or principle for something.
When all of these pieces are bundled together, you have a powerful package for growth and development. It actually is the foundation to your success in 2015.
Why S.M.A.R.T goals?
Specific: Goals that are specific provide the space to increase your awareness of what you really want to accomplish so that you can clearly transfer these to the written word. You will be able to outline your clear objectives, and your accountability partner will be able to understand as well.
Your goals are clear when you can answer: Why, What, Where, How, and Who? Here’s an example of one question to ask yourself: “What is the specific outcome I want to experience.”
Measurable: This is where numbers and dates are important. It’s important to be able to make your objective measurable. This involves including a system where you’re able to do periodic checks to make sure that you’re on track to meeting your goals.
These check-ups may be monthly, or other periodic checkpoints specific to you and your business.
Achievable/Attainable: No one can set your goals for you because only you can decide if they are within your ability, skills, resources, and time-frame. True, others can often see in us what we cannot see in ourselves, and that’s the advantage of having a coach or a Mentor. I help my clients/students discover strengths they may not have thought they had and breakthrough their limiting beliefs and barriers, but ultimately they are going to do the work and only they can decide if this is something they feel they can accomplish.
Goals should make you stretch; they should challenge you, but should not be so unattainable that they frustrate you.
Realistic/Relevant: In order to set a goal that you want to achieve it must be relevant or meaningful to you. You decide if this is a realistic goal that’s relevant to your personal life or your business. If not, why include it? Your goal should be something you believe you can reach and an important part of your strategy in your life and/or business.
Time-Specific: Your goal must have a deadline. Not all your goals will start on the same date so it’s important to include a start date and a deadline.
Your Next Step
Your S.M.A.R.T goals should be a reflection of where you want to go in your life or business. But that’s just the first step. Your goals may be just a single page document, or it may be three pages or more. However, the next two steps are crucial:
- Make a list of the steps you’ll need to take to accomplish each goal
- Decide which goal you will make a priority – the one you’ll work on first.
A part of these steps will be to determine if you have all the information needed or will you have to get additional training, what resources do you have available to you or where will you get the resources. Those and more will affect your time-frame.
The second thing is that if you attempt to start several goals at one time you’ll only end up frustrating yourself. Give yourself permission to select a priority goal and work on that to completion, or until it’s at a point where you can take your focus off of that item and turn your attention to your next goal.
Make your S.M.A.R.T goals FUN!!! It takes work, but when you keep the fun in your business, you’ll experience a shift so that you view what you have to do in a different light. Visualize what it will look like when you’ve accomplished all the goals you’ve set for yourself. Get an accountability partner to cheer you on! Find a Mentor or Coach who will support you and guide you on this journey.
I’d love to talk with you about your goals for 2015 and explore how I can support you in setting S.M.A.R.T goals that are unique to you. Let’s set up a time to talk in a complimentary Breakthrough Session. You my either use the Contact Form or send me an email directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.