Regardless of which phase of life you’re in, you can get SMART about setting goals to motivate yourself, move forward to pursue your goals, and track your success.
SMART goal setting consists of steps defined by the following five acronyms:
- Specific—Having a clear definition of what you want to achieve.
- Measurable—Establishing targets you want to reach to evaluate your success.
- Attainable—Being realistic about what you want to achieve in a particular time frame.
- Relevant—Choosing a goal that is appropriate for you.
- Time-Based—Setting a definite timeline for achieving your goal.
Easy Does It
Using this simple method for setting goals breaks the process down into steps: First, you need to clarify what your goal is in order to fulfill your vision. It’s best to tackle one goal at a time rather than juggle multiple goals and risk getting sidetracked along the way; Second, set targets to reliably track your progress at different stages in meeting your goals; Third, be honest with yourself when assessing whether or not your goal can be attained. It’s important to be realistic about what may be accomplished with the resources you have; Fourth, choose goals that are relevant to you; and fifth, take into consideration the scope of the project at hand, and give yourself a reasonable but definite amount of time in which to accomplish it.
SMART Goals vs. Vague Goals
To help pursue confidence and work toward your overall goal, the goal-setting process generally requires identifying the main objective and then breaking it down into a subset of smaller actionable steps. These smaller actions take you from one stage of the objective to another, until you approach your final goal.
To avoid vagueness where your goals are concerned, which could lead to procrastination, loss of momentum, and eventual abandonment in mid-stream, be sure to write everything down. If your goal remains just as an idea in your mind without a tangible form of reference, it may never be pursued. On the other hand, writing down what you want to work towards, and seeing the goal broken down into action steps can help to visibly keep you on track.
While contemplating your plan and defining what exactly you want and how to get there may seem a bit daunting at first, you can reap the benefits from working to identify SMART goals.
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