The more specific your goals are, the easier it will be to align your efforts to them. Setting short-term goals and achieving those goals illustrates discipline and discipline is an important part of what you do!
So, what is your big goal for your future? Some of you may have a clear idea already, and others may have no idea. Here’s a great question to ask yourself:
“If I knew I couldn’t fail, what would I love my to do in my life?”
Setting effective goals will make you more effective as a person because it focuses your efforts and helps you have better discipline.
A useful way of making goals more powerful is to make them S.M.A.R.T. goals. S.M.A.R.T. usually stands for:
- S – Specific (or Significant)
- M – Measurable (or Meaningful)
- A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented)
- R – Relevant (or Rewarding)
- T – Time-bound (or Trackable)
- Specific (of Significant)
Goals need to be clear and specific, or you won’t be able to focus your efforts or feel truly motivated to achieve it. When drafting your goal, try to answer the common 5 “W” 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?
- Measurable (or Meaningful)
We have to set goals that are measurable, this way we can track our progress and stay motivated. Assessing progress helps us to stay focused, meeting our deadlines, and feeling the excitement of getting closer to achieving our goal.For example, if we have to lose 10 pounds we need to figure out how much food we need to eat calories we need to eat daily, how many days of exercises we need. Then we can can track weekly if we hit those goals.
- Achievable (or Action-Oriented)
Your goal also needs to be realistic and reachable. You should never sell yourself short and not shoot for the moon but we still remain possible.An achievable goal will usually answer questions such as:
* How can I accomplish this goal?
* How realistic is the goal, based on constraints such as physical factors?For example, having a goal of losing 20 pounds when you only need to lost 30 pounds in 30 days is physically not something you want to do to create a healthy and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Relevant (or Rewarding)
Make sure this goal aligns with your priorities and what you really want in life. That this goal is truly what you want,not what someone tells you, you should do. Because if its not really what you want then even if you achieve them you won’t feel satisfied. So before all make sure you know what your priorities are before setting goals.A relevant goal can answer “yes” to these questions:
* Does it seem worthwhile?
* Does the time to achieve this goals align to your priorities?
* Is this the right time?
* Are you ok with the sacrifices that will be needed to achieve these goals?
For example, for me I love how women look that go on stage for body competition, but the time and dedication to achieve that, the time away from family and concentrating on food for other than just feeling good is not something i willing to do. As amazing it would feel to do somethign like that, the time and giving up wine is not something i would want to do. But keeping up with a healthy balance lifestyle i am all about.
- Time-Bound (or Trackable)
A goal without a date is just a dream, you need a deadline to focus on and something to work toward. This part of the SMART goal criteria helps to prevent everyday tasks from taking priority over your longer-term goals.A time-bound goal will usually answer these questions:
*What can I do 6 months from now?
*What can I do 6 weeks from now?
*What can I do today?
For example, I want to lose weight by wedding in 6 months. Today I need to decided exactly how much I would like to loose, pick a workout plan and meal plan that i can do to reach my goals. Set weekly check in to check my progress, find support to help me get to my goals.
Now that you have got a blue print of how to set your S.M.A.R.T goals, get a pen and notebook and write them out, share it with someone and get working.
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