As you set sizzling goals for the new year, this post serves as a reminder for setting S.M.A.R.T. goals. You really can’t go wrong when you create specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely goals.
Let’s dive right in…
1. Get specific. Think like a reporter. Who’s involved? What do you want to accomplish? Where will it be done and when? Specify reasons and benefits of accomplishing the goal.
On a personal note let’s say your goal is to drop 10 pounds. A generic goal involves saying, “I’m going to lose 10 pounds and get in shape.” A specific goal states, “I’m going to join a gym and workout three days a week.”
2. Make it measurable. Get concrete here! Measuring your progress will help you stay on track and reach your target dates to keep you motivated to achieve the end goal. Ask questions such as how often, how much and how will I know when it’s accomplished?”
3. Make it attainable. Sure, you don’t want to make it too easy and right within your grasp — you should have to leap at least a little bit. Even when it’s a stretch, the goal is important so you’ll create ways to grow and make them come true.
4. Be realistic. Sure, you’re not going to write a novel within a week but break it down into what can actually work with your grueling schedule. Even when goals seem challenging, when they’re a labor of love and broken down into realistic bites like writing 500-words a day, you’ll see how you can pen that novel page after page.
After all, 500-words a day equals 2,500 words a week and within a month you’ll have 10,000 words!
5. Be timely. Create boundaries and a set of urgency. Instead of saying you’ll write that novel or drop 10 pounds “someday,” make it realistic like May 1.
In addition, be tangible — you can taste, touch, smell see or hear it. Goals can become more tangible when they’re closer in sight, a perfect way to set mini-milestones as well as rewards for yourself along the way.
On that note, Happy New Year! May all your dreams come true.