It has been decades since someone came up with using SMART Goals. Since then there have been many versions of what a SMART Goal is, but they all have the same qualities. Let’s look at what makes goals SMART. You will be surprised but 92% of New Year goals fail by Jan 15th. A goal should be written down to make it visible from invisible. People with written goals are 50% more likely to achieve than people without goals.
How To Create SMART Goals
S – Specific. The more specific, the more you can visualize it, the more it seems achievable, the easier it is to know if you achieved it.
M—Measurable. How will you know if you achieved it? Perhaps my objective is to become a better person. How will I know if I am a better person? If I set a goal of giving my time to one charity event per month or sincerely complimenting at least one person per day, they are measurable goals toward my objective of being a better person.
A—Achievable. I might want to be an opera singer by the time I’m 30, but the fact that I am absolutely tone deaf, or already 30, could make that goal unachievable. Setting unachievable goals is a form of self-sabotage and erodes one’s self confidence.
R—Realistic. If you are working 60 hours a week, getting to the gym 5 times a week might be achievable, but only if you cut back your work hours. Only you know if that is realistic for your life. Even if it is achievable, if it is not realistic, then you won’t succeed. Some people also add a second “R” for “Resonating.” The goal has to be something you truly want, not just what someone has said you should want. How badly you want it, how much it resonates with you, greatly affects the probability that you will reach your goal.
T—Timely. A goal must have a deadline. By when will you do your measurable action? A goal without a deadline is an objective, not a goal. How can you tell whether you’ve succeeded in your goal if you have your entire life to still get around to achieving it? SMART Goals usually read, “I’m going to do this by this date.”
The key to staying motivated with SMART Goals is taking your lofty objectives and making them achievable goals. For example, let’s say you want to lose 30 pounds and fit back into your pants. That is your objective. Let’s make it a goal: I will lose 30 pounds in the next 12 months. It is specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. However, if we leave it at that our chances of succeeding are slim. We must break it down into even more specific and achievable goals.
Instead of doing nothing for 11 months and trying to lose 30 pounds in the last month, let’s break it down into monthly goals. Thirty divided by 12 is 2.5. So now we set a goal to lose 2.5 pounds per month. Again, that is a SMART goal. It is also a benchmark toward achieving our greater goal of losing 30 pounds in 12 months. If we meet the 2.5 pound weight loss per month we know we are on track to making the 30 pound goal. Now let’s break the 2.5 pounds per month down to even more achievable goals. Perhaps I am going to cut out all sugary drinks and fried foods 6 days per week. That becomes a goal. Perhaps I am going to do cardio at least 4 days per week for 30 minutes each time. Each of those goals will help us get us to our ultimate goal of losing 30 pounds in a realistic, achievable way.
We know that people who set SMART Goals and work towards them are more successful academically and financially. Sharing your goals with a close friend or family is proven to increase the chances of you achieving your goal. Your accountability partner can motivate you and provide feedback to your goals.
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