You might have heard or used SMART goals, but I believe that you can be SMARTER when it comes to setting goals.
Have you ever struggled to set goals?
Do you find that you never get to complete your goals?
Do you want to set goals that are achievable?
Are you new to goal setting and want a simple guide?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then carry on reading to help you set SMARTER goals.
Follow this process that is designed to help you, set a goal that once designed will give you the confidence that you can achieve your target.
What does SMARTER mean?
Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, Time-Bound, Evaluate and Reward
Write down your answers to the following six steps.
Specific – being specific when setting a goal will increase your chances of success. I want to lose weight is not specific. However, try asking yourself how much weight you want to lose or putting it more positively, what weight would you like to be? State the answer in the positive as well, I will get to …
Measurable – How will you see your results. Track your progress so that you can look at how far you have moved towards your goal. Have the chart or whatever you choose to use, visible, somewhere it can easily be seen. Look at it at least once a week. This helps with motivation or notice any trends that are happening.
Actionable – What actions are you going to do, that will help you achieve your goal? Make it clear so you know exactly what actions you need to do and when. Answer this in the positive and say, I will do … on …
Relevant – Is your goal relevant or realistic to your life. If you are new to setting goals, the goal that you set needs to be realistic and be accomplished. It will stretch you but not put you into a panic if you see yourself not getting closer to where you want to be. A statement you could use is, I will get to my goal weight of … and my starting weight is … I will let you fill in the blanks.
Time-Bound – Every goal needs a deadline. You need to say when you will complete your goal. This means you will be creating actions along your timeline to reach your goal. A statement you can use is, I will get to … by …
Evaluate – Regularly looking at your goals and where you are means you are more likely to succeed. Look at your goals weekly so that you can continue to act, and you will also remember what it is you are supposed to be doing.
Reward – Rewards help us keep motivated along the path to our goals and it is always nice to celebrate our achievements. So, when you reach a target along the path, reward yourself and say, “well done me!”
A great quote that I often refer to is,
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending”. C.S.Lewis
It highlights for me that I can’t change the past but setting achievable goals I can change the future and make it one that I want, one step at a time, towards the bigger end goal.
I hope you found this useful and it helps you help achieve your goals. Please feel free to share with all your friends, family and connections that might find it useful. Look out for the next blog and be sure to like Kev Field Coaching on social media for information on how I’m giving back and helping others to succeed and grow in this ever-changing world.