WHY SMART GOALS?
Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.
“What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” ~ Paul J. Meyer
SMART Goals is a proven method of setting goals that prevents them from becoming things you wish that you did. You can attain most any goal you set if you make sure they meet these 5 criteria:
General goals like “I want to lose weight” or “I want to travel the world someday” almost NEVER get accomplished. By making your goals specific, expectations are clear and you know exactly what to focus on.
Success in goals isn’t about giant steps, but small measurable achievements. To get excited around small steps, break your goal into MILESTONES–tasks, amounts, numbers, etc–that you can track. This will connect the daily activity to the big picture.
Admit it, you procrastinate. We need the urgency of deadlines to get things done. Add time to your goal and milestones: what needs to be accomplished today? This week? This month? Hitting goals means never saying “I’ll do it later”.
Set your aim high, but give yourself a REALITY CHECK–is this goal actually attainable? The easiest way to turn your goal into a dream is to make it un-approachable.
When accomplishing your goal becomes tough, you will ask yourself: “Does this goal really matter to me?” The answer better be YES and you better have a good reason! Talking frankly, goals require effort and commitment. Many people set goals that sound good but lack the honest motivation to get over simple laziness.