It happens to people the world over in various fields of endeavor, and the reasons vary. These could include working with a lack of purpose or mission, working without a business plan, or working without setting specific goals for what you want to accomplish and setting the path to get there.
To avoid being on the treadmill, like a hamster, S.M.A.R.T goals are essential to success in 2016. Why S.M.A.R.T goals? Because when you combine all of the pieces together: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely, you’ll have a powerful package that gives you structure for growth and development.
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. They give you clarity so that there’s no room for doubt in your mind. You’re able to articulate these goals to others, whether it’s your business coach, mentor, or accountability partner.
Your goals are clear when you can answer: Why, What, Where, How, and Who? Starting with the end in mind, one question you could ask yourself is: “What is the specific outcome I want to experience?”
“In everything the ends well defined are the secret of durable success.”
Measurable: This is where numbers and dates are important. It’s important to measure your objectives. This involves including a system where you’re able to do periodic checks to make sure that you’re on track. These check-ups may be monthly, quarterly, or other periodic checkpoints specific to you and your business.
Achievable/Attainable: You must determine what you can accomplish based on your ability, skills, resources, and time-frame. For example. Do you already have the skill, or will you need to get additional training?
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 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 result in frustration.
“Your goal should be just out of reach, but not out of sight.”
Denis Waitley and Remi Witt
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 as this will serve as a reminder of the need to take action. Otherwise, you could find yourself putting it off. Remember that the deadline can change but the goal remains the same.
The S.M.A.R.T goals you set for 2016 should be a reflection of where you want to be at the end of the year, and could even extend beyond that. It does not matter if they fit on a single page document, or three pages or more. However, it’s crucial that you do the following:
- 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.
He who would arrive at the appointed end must follow a single road and not wander through many ways.
A part of these steps will be to decide if you have all the information needed or if you 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 point 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’ve scheduled five spots on my calendar to do complimentary “Ignite Your Business” Strategy Sessions where we will discuss your goals for 2016 and design your “Goal Statement” so that you can maintain your focus as you work on the elements of your S.M.A.R.T goals. If you’d like one of those five spots, simply use the Contact Form at: http://YvonneAJones.com/Contact-Me and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours to schedule your time slot.