Achieving goals can be difficult and you may often lose motivation and drive after not attaining them. SMART goals are goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Based. SMART goals keep you on track and break down your bigger goals. They give you a framework to work around to attain your goals.
When creating goals, you want to keep the S.M.A.R.T acronym in mind. Let’s discuss each portion of the SMART goals.
When creating your goals, they need to be specific! Making your goals too broad is not descriptive enough. In order to achieve your goals, you need to know what they are. Make your goals precise and detailed so you’ll never be confused where you are in your journey to attaining that goal.
You won’t know when you achieved a goal if there’s no way to measure it! This is how you celebrate the small wins along the way. Creating measurable goals entails breaking a larger goal down into the steps you need to do to achieve it. Think of measurable goals as goals you can cross off the list and say “I completed it”.
I mentioned this multiple times before but you want to create goals you can achieve! Goals that are too far out won’t be achieved. This is not to say that you shouldn’t shoot for the stars and be ambitious. Making goals achievable simply means to create goals that make sense for your journey. Ensure that you have the proper qualifications for a job you wish to attain or the proper tools for a project you’re trying to complete.
The goals you create for yourself should be relevant to the bigger goal that you’re trying to achieve. Ensure that the goal you’re creating aligns with the bigger goal. For example, if my end goal is to hike to a waterfall, I wouldn’t choose trails that didn’t lead to the waterfall. I would choose the trail that would take me directly there.
Giving yourself a time-frame to complete a goal will make it more attainable as you know when you want to achieve the goal. Also, by giving yourself a time-frame will ensure that you can re-access the goal after the allotted time. If you haven’t achieved the goal, you can reflect to see what you need to do differently or re-design the goal.
Example of A SMART Goal
By December 31st, I want to have $5000 in my savings account so I can go on a vacation.
This goal is specific because it is well-defined and states exactly what I intend to do.
It is measurable because it states the amount I want to achieve and I can measure my progress using that number.
The goal is achievable because I have the necessary means to attain it (savings account, job, etc.).
It is relevant because in order to go on my vacation, I need to save money.
By giving myself the time-frame of December 31st, this goal is time-based.
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Why You Should Use SMART Goals
- SMART goals give you objectives and allow you to see that you are making progress towards your bigger goals.
- SMART goals are useful for all categories including career, fitness, nutrition, and more!
- Using the SMART goals method will keep you on track.
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