This is just something I learned yesterday and had to share with you all … Enjoy!
In life, we are told to set goals so we can measure our successes by conquering our goals and setting new targets. Its not just about setting goals. We need to set SMART goals, smart being:
We need to set specific goals. Your goal should be ‘I want to lose 20 pounds’ not ‘I want to lose weight’ or ‘I’m putting myself on a budget of N1000 per week’ not ‘I want to stop spending too much money’. I’m sure by now you get the drift. So when setting goals, set specific goals.
Next your goals should be measurable. You should set goals in which you can track your success. If you can measure your progress, you’re motivated to keep on going. Therefore your goals should be such that you can measure your progress.
Set goals that are attainable. If a goal is not reached, then there is a great blow to one’s self-esteem. Also if its not likely to be achieved, there really is no motivation there so make sure that goals you set can be achieved.
There’s a difference between a ‘dream’ and a ‘goal’. A dream involves mostly imagination, wishful thinking and a large dose of hope but a goal should be realistic. You may wish to walk on the sun someday and hope for that but you don’t set a goal towards walking on the sun. Your goals are tailored according to your environment and according to your situation in which case you must make your goals as realistic as possible.
T: Time Bound
Set a time limit for goals. The pressure of time works as extra fuel for our resolve. When we have deadlines to get work done, we are often extra motivated. In other words, set a deadline for achieving your goals.
That’s it!!! Setting goals the smart way. Hope you learned from it …. Have a great day!!!