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



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

It is really easy to set goals that never really get anywhere because they are far too vague such as "I want to lose weight" or "I want to get fit" or "I want to go travelling someday". The problem with these type of goals is that you will not have it clear in your head exactly what achieving the goal will look like.

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

Specific
Measurable
Achievable
Relevant
Time-bound

Your goal should firstly clear and specific so that you can focus your efforts and feel truly motivated to achieve it. It can help to 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 should 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. Whilst the goal can stretch you but it must be realistic for you to be able to complete it. Consider what constraints may stop you such as health issues or finances.

Your goal should also be relevant. Your goal 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, or because it is something you feel 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 want have achieved at intervals along the way towards your main objective.

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 exactly how you want to feel emotionally when you have achieved the goal.

The R stands for Regular review, check in with yourself regularly with where you stand in relation to completing the goal. Consider whether there are any additional steps, resources or support you need. You might even consider whether the goal remains something 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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