“People with goals succeed because they know where they're going.”
Have you succeeded? How do you know? When will you know? Setting goals is a good way for you to plan out what, and when you want to accomplish things in life. Goals are like a road map to success. Whatever your idea of success may be. “Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination” Fitzhugh Dodson. You will aimlessly be floating your way through life, not accomplishing anything. Or, you may have dreams to do certain things, but with out taking the proper steps, like setting SMART goals, you will most likely never make those dreams a reality. Setting goals has a way of motivating you to get off your butt and make something happen. Goals give you something to work towards, and great satisfaction once reached. I can honestly say, I would not be where I am in my life now, if it wasn’t for the goals I continue to set out for myself. I used the term SMART goals. SMART is acronym most intelligent goal setters use.
People may think they have all their goals in order, but believe it or not there is right way to set goals. No matter how you go about it, having goals are great. But if you can learn how to set SMART goals, I firmly believe you will find yourself significantly more successful in reaching them.
Your goals need to be well defined. They should be clear and specific, so you can determine exactly how to focus your efforts. More detailed goals will help you feel more motivated. Good practice is to try and answer the following questions:
-What do you want to accomplish?
-Why is this goal important?
-Who is involved in this goal?
-What limitations or resources are involved?
You need to be able to keep yourself on track. If you can not measure the progress of your goal, how will you know if you are making any headway. When you can see progress, it motivates you stay on track and keep pushing for success. Ask yourself the question:
How will I know when I have accomplished my goal?
“I want to be rich” is not a measurable goal. What is your definition of “rich”? How will you know when your there? “I want to have $200,000 in my bank account” is measurable. How will you know when you have reached your goal? When you have $200,000 in your accounts!
I strongly believe you have the ability to accomplish anything you set your sights on. The mind is an extremely powerful tool, if used correctly. You can attain most goals if you set the proper path and plan your steps wisely. But of course, we have to be realistic at the same time. “I want to be president” is not an attainable goal. As a 30-year-old, Canadian citizen, with Canadian citizens for parents, this will not happen for me. Do not set yourself up for failure, with an impossible task.
You want to ensure the goal actually matter to you. If you are not truly excited about the thought of accomplishing the goal, it may be hard to find the motivation for success. Make sure the goal is appropriate for where you are at in life. “I want to have $200,000 in my bank account” may not be a relevant goal if you are currently in your first year of university and racking up student loans. A more fitting goal may be built around paying of student debt, or achieving certain grades.
Your goal should always be bound by time. It creates a sense of urgency. With out having your goal bound by time, there is no telling when you may actually accomplish it. A target date will give you a deadline to focus on, keeping you on task, and a way to hold yourself accountable. “I will have $200,000 in my bank account, before my 30th birthday.”
Here is a good example:
Broad Goal: I want to write a business book. (Poorly written goal)
Specific: I will write a book on social media that is a minimum of 150 pages.
Measurable: I will write one chapter per month, or 3-5 pages per week.
Attainable: I will work on the manuscript first, and once that is completed, I will begin to search for a publisher or explore self-publishing.
Relevant: Writing a book on social media will help me establish myself as an expert.
Time-Based: My manuscript will be completed and ready to be published in 10 months.
SMART Goal: In order to establish myself as an expert, I will write a 150-page book on social media by writing one chapter per month (3-5 pages per week). The book will be completed in 10 months, and then I will search for a publisher or explore self-publishing.