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. 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 are 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, “Lose 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 non 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.
This tool is designed to provide structure and guidance throughout a project, and better identify what you want to accomplish.
You need to set goals in order to:
- direct your efforts towards a successful professional and personal career
- clarify your own expectations
- to gain a better performance
- measure the efficacy of your actions
Setting goals means asking yourself “What am I doing?” and “Why am I doing it?” and by answering these questions you will be able to face and identify:
- the main goals
- the sub-goals
- the tasks
How can I write a SMART idea?
Let us analyse an example: "We will teach young people how to become entrepreneurs"
Is it a SMART idea?
- It is not specific enough
- It does not specify when it will be achieved
- It does not specify the number of young people targeted
- It does not indicate when we will do it
In other words, this is just a draft idea of a goal
''Using non-formal educational methods, we will develop the entrepreneurial skills of 30 young people from Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, France and Germany through 5 workshops to be held in May and June 2016. ''
This is a very well written SMART idea!
Words to avoid
- I should
- I could
Tips and to go further: review what you have written and craft a new goal statement based on what the answers to the questions above have revealed.
Step 1: Write down your goal in as few words as possible.
My goal is to: ___________________________________________________________________________
Step 2: Make your goal detailed and SPECIFIC. Answer who/what/where/how/when.
HOW will you reach this goal? List at least 3 action steps you'll take (be specific):
Step 3: Make your goal MEASURABLE. Add details, measurements and tracking details.
I will measure/track my goal by using the following numbers or methods:
I will know I've reached my goal when
Step 4: Make your goal ATTAINABLE. What additional resources do you need for success?
Items I need to achieve this goal: ___________________________________________________________________________
How I will find the time: ___________________________________________________________________________
Things I need to learn more about: ___________________________________________________________________________
People I can talk to for support: ___________________________________________________________________________
Step 5: Make your goal RELEVANT. List why you want to reach this goal:
Step 6: Make your goal TIMELY. Put a deadline on your goal and set some benchmarks.
I will reach my goal by (date): ___/___/____.
My halfway measurement will be _____________________ on (date) ___/____/_____.
Additional dates and milestones I will aim for:
How do you stay on track?
Next Steps: What steps need to be taken to get you to your goal?
Target Completion Date
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