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2.6 Setting achievable goals: internationalisation

To achieve your dreams, you have to work on your plan and priorities and set your ultimate goals, which are the most important part of the plan, describing what you want to achieve. They also provide focus because once you have a clear target in mind, you can rededicate yourself and confidently neglect ideas that aren’t contributing to your success and if you can set achievable goals, you will stay motivated and focused over the long-term. Nearly everything in business and life revolves around goal setting.

Whether you are setting up short-term and long-term goals, there is a set of rules known as SMART goals. Goal state a desired future achievement and SMART goals will assist you in “getting focused” and help you define exactly what the “future state” looks like and how it will be measured. A SMART goal is a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable and action based, Relevant and Time based. In other words, a goal that is very clear and easily understood.

Let ' s have a look at an example of a SMART goal setting.

Let’s watch this video explaining how to set SMART Goals

S – Specific

A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:

Example: A general goal would be, “Loose weight.” But a specific goal would be, “Join a health club and workout 3 days a week.”

M – Measurable

Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.

To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as: how much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?

Example: Not just “lose weight” but “lose 1 stone in weight”.

A – Attainable and Action based

Setting ourselves not action based and unattainable goals, is setting ourselves up for failure!

You can attain almost any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish realistic aims that allow you to move towards the overall goal

Example: “I will lose 3lbs each week” instead of “I will lose 1 stone by next week”

R – Realistic and relevant

It's important to set goals that you can achieve!

You might set goals that are too difficult because you might not appreciate either the obstacles in the way, or understand quite how much skill you need to develop to achieve a particular level of performance.

For example, if you struggle with math, it’s unrealistic to set a goal to become a nuclear physicist. Know where your strengths lie, what you have an aptitude for, and what you can realistically achieve in your program of study.

T – Time based

A goal should be grounded within a time frame.

Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.

Example: ”I will lose 1 stone in the next 6 months”

Read the brief guide to SMART Goal Setting below and complete the Smart goals worksheet.

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