Goal setting is a process of identifying what you want to accomplish and creating a plan to achieve the desired results. By setting goals on a routine basis, you decide what you want to achieve, and then you systematically move towards the achievement of those goals. Goals provide you with a focus for your life.
Often, individuals or businesses will set themselves up for failure by setting general and unrealistic goals such as “I want to be the best at X.” This goal is vague with no sense of direction.
SMART goals set you up for success by making it specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. The SMART method helps push you further, gives you a sense of direction, and helps you organize and reach your goals.
A SMART goal is used to help guide goal setting. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Therefore, a SMART goal incorporates all of these criteria to help focus your efforts and increase the chances of achieving that goal
SMART Goal – Specific
Here you ask yourself questions like; Who is involved in this goal? What do I want to accomplish? Where is this goal to be achieved? When do I want to achieve this goal? Why do I want to achieve this goal?
SMART Goal – Measurable
To make a goal measurable, ask yourself: How many/much? How do I know if I have reached my goal? What is my indicator of progress?
SMART Goal – Achievable
The achievability of the goal should be stretched to make you feel challenged, but defined well enough that you can actually achieve it. Ask yourself: Do I have the resources and capabilities to achieve the goal? If not, what am I missing? Have others done it successfully before?
SMART Goal – Realistic
A SMART goal is likely realistic if you believe that it can be accomplished. Ask yourself: Is the goal realistic and within reach? Is the goal reachable given the time and resources? Are you able to commit to achieving this goal?
SMART Goal – Timely
If the goal is not time-constrained, there will be no sense of urgency and motivation to achieve the goal. Ask yourself:
Does my goal have a deadline? By when do you want to achieve your goal?
It is imperative that you have an extremely clear vision of where you are going. If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.