Setting SMART Goals | 5 on Friday
I admit it, I love January. I used to be a New Year’s Resolution junkie – making all kinds of grand proclamations about how much I was going to change my life with broad sweeping statements – only to admit failure mere weeks later. So, I stopped! About 5 years ago I decided that resolutions were a bunch of BS. No kidding. In theory they are a great idea – we all want to break bad habits, start good habits, achieve greatness – but simply stating those things without a plan is a bunch of crap…and that is what I was doing. So I started setting smart goals every year.
Now, instead of making resolutions, I spend January setting goals for the year. Rather than floating adrift with ideas of what I want, I write it all down, get very specific about what I want, and create a very specific plan to achieve them.
Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality. The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts. You’ll also quickly spot the distractions that can, so easily, lead you astray. Simply put, goal setting gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It also raises your self-confidence — as you recognize your own ability and competence in achieving the goals that you’ve set.
Start with the BIG PICTURE!
- Create your “big picture” of what you want to do with your life over, say, the next 5 years, and identify the large-scale goals that you want to achieve. I like to set goals in the following categories: Physical, Mental (continual Learning), Social (family and friends), Financial, Spiritual, and Career/Business.
- Break these down into the smaller and smaller targets that you must hit to reach your lifetime goals.
- Finally, once you have your plan, you start working on it to achieve these goals.
This is why you need to start the process of setting goals by looking at lifetime goals. Then, you whittle it down to the things that you can do in, say, the next five years, then next year, next month, next week, and today, to start moving towards them. Small steps, taken daily, lead to HUGE success.
So here is where the FIVE comes in – making goals SMART:
So go out there and live the life you are dreaming about! Set goals, reach them, set higher goals and be the big, bold, beautiful you that you want to be!