You are day dreaming again, sitting on the white sandy beach with cocktail in hand, getting a lovely massage… Just what you are after! But instead you are sitting back in the office, and it is raining outside, and you keep thinking, if only you won the lottery!
Realistically you do not need the lottery to reach your dreams, all you need to do is creat SMART goals towatd reaching those goals, and stay persistant in obtaining what you want. What are SMART goals you may ask? Smart is an acronym that stands for:
- Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
- Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
- Attainable – how the goal can be achieved.
- Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
- Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.
Smart goals are used by businesses and individuals alike as they help you focus your subconscious mind on the outome you desire. To get a better understanding let’s look at each point in more detail.
Specific goals give you a clear out come – ‘Lose 5kgs’ is a lot clearer than ‘Lose some weight’. It gives you the outcome you desire.
To get very specific you could look at all the ‘W’ questions (who, what, where, when, which and most importantly why) to define a specific goal.
Numbers are an esential part of setting a measurable goal. If you don’t have a tool to measure progress by you do not know if you achieved your outcome. To check if your goal is measurable, ask the question ‘how will I know if I achieved my target?’
Dream big, and aim for the stars, but that doesn’t mean set goals that are outlandish and unachievable.
To make something attainable you have to start developing the steps to get there. These steps need to be realistic, as such generally you would break the way to your goal down to small steps. Develop the skills and attributes, find mentors and other people that can help you on the way, look for opportunities to get you one step closer. With persistence you will find that goals that seemed so far away are now within your reach.
A goal can be both high and realistic. In fact a high goal is often easier to achieve as it is fuelled with passion. To make the goal realistic you must be able to commit to its requirements.
All goals shoudl ahve a timeframe to keep you focused. If you do not tie a goal to a timeframe there is no sense of urgency. To keep it real the timeframe needs to be realistic, not too short that you do not believe you can achieve your goal, but not too far that you don’t get started.
Now that you know how to set your goals, I would recommend you get yourself a goal book and write your goals down. Writing goals out help you cement them in your mind, and also you can go over them on a daily basis to help you stay on target!
And whilst SMART goals are a good start, there is a secret sauce that is missing from them to drive you to your goals and make you unstoppable. If you want to learn what that is, join this powerful goal setting Masterclass.