How to set S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals





This guide is for you if you keep setting goals but never complete them. It will help you to set goals that you can achieve every time.

It is easy to set goals that do not come to fruition due to them being too vague, such as: "I want to lose weight", "I want to get fit" or "I want to go travelling someday". The problem with these type of goals is that you are not clear on what achieving your target looks like.

Fortunately, there's a better way, and it comes with a clever little acronym to help you remember it. Applying it will significantly increase your chances of  being successful:

Specific
Measurable
Achievable
Relevant
Time-bound

Your goal must firstly be clear and specific. This enables you to focus your efforts and feel truly motivated to achieve it. To gain this clarity, ask yourself the following questions:

What do I want to accomplish?
Why is this goal important?
Who is involved?
Where is it located?
Which resources or limits are involved?

It must secondly be measurable, therefore answer questions such as "How much?", "How many?", "How will I know when I have achieved it?".

It equally needs to be achievable. While the goal can stretch you, it must be realistic. Consider what constraints may stop you such as health issues or finances.

Your goal must also be relevant. It must matter to you and needs to align with your values. Consider what benefits and rewards there will be to completing the goal and whether this is worthwhile. Are you just setting the goal to make yourself feel better, is it something you think you should do or something someone else wants you to do?

It should also be time-bound. Consider when you want to have accomplished it by. You may want to break it down into bitesize steps, setting out what you intend to have achieved at specified intervals.

However, don't just stop at making the goals S.M.A.R.T. Make them S.M.A.R.T.E.R.

The E stands for Emotional connection. Make sure that the goal is not purely focused on the outcome. Instead, create a clear picture in your mind of where you want to be and what completing the goal will look like in your life. Really feel into how you want to feel, emotionally and physically, when you have achieved the goal.

The R stands for Regular review. Check in with yourself regularly to assess your progress. Consider whether there are any additional steps to take, or if there are any further resources or support you need. Question whether the goal remains important to you; if you can barely remember what it is in detail then it is probably one that you can let go of.

My challenge for you is to consider your current goals and assess whether or not they are S.M.A.R.T.E.R. I would love to hear how you get on!

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