Having goals is not just an “it” thing to do, there is actual scientific data that shows why you need to set goals now.
I’ll share one with you now.
A Harvard business study showed that 14% of people who have goals are 10 times more successful than those without goals.
But there’s more to it. The 3% that wrote their goals down are 3 times more successful than the 14% with unwritten goals (Source).
How’s that for a fact?
How would it feel to stop drifting in life?
How does it feel to keep rushing to get more done but only to accomplish very little?
Wasting your time on would of, could of, should of’s, and completing your goals and getting shit done can help you create the life you always wanted.
It all starts with learning how to set goals the right way, the smart way.
And because I want you to succeed, I’m going to share with you what are SMART goals, why they matter, and how to set them!
I also have a bonus for you that you don’t want to miss out on!
So, let’s get started.
What are SMART Goals, and Why Do They Matter?
So I’m just throwing this SMART goal info at you and not fully explaining exactly what smart goals are and why do they matter. So you can understand further, let me break it down real quick.
The definition of SMART goals is
A carefully planned clear and trackable objective that allows you to clarify your ideas, focus your efforts, use your time and resources productively, which in turn, helps you to achieve what you want in life.
And if you’re anything like me, then you love to set goals baby!
Setting goals has always been my thing. I would set them and pretty much not follow through on them.
Instead, I would keep track of it in my mind only.
Which means I pretty much just left it up to sheer will.
I made no plans on how to achieve my goals.
I never wrote them down and I damn sure NEVER clearly defined them.
Yet, I thought I was doing something because technically I had goals and aspirations.
But the way I set my goals pretty much meant jack shit.
I was no better than the person who didn’t set goals and just winged life.
I would make goals such as I want to get my CPA.
That’s all I would say.
I would have
- No deadline
- No plan on how I could achieve my goal
- No specificity
- No idea how much time it should take me to accomplish my goal
No wonder why each goal I set took me forever to accomplish!
And many times I never accomplished them at all.
Without, having truly defined goals, I would falter.
I would change them very often because I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere.
All because my goals weren’t SMART.
But guess what?
That all changed when I learned how to set SMART goals.
Learning how to set SMART goals matter because they allow you to take your vague goal with no direction, into a goal that if implemented can change your life!
- Push you further
- Direct your life in the way you want it to go
- Help you to organize and reach your goals.
How To Set SMART Goals
If you are ready to take your life to the next level and stop wasting time on goals that are not getting you where you want to be, then you have to learn how to set SMART goals.
Learning how to set SMART goals will have you making a huge positive impact on your life in a short amount of time.
Setting them will help you learn to love the life you worked so hard to create.
So, let’s get into how you can set SMART goals.
First off you have to know what the acronym smart stands for. That is:
- S- Specific
- M- Measurable
- A- Attainable
- R- Relevant
- T- Time-Bound
Second, you have to be able to define what each letter means.
Let’s get started with S.
So when setting a goal you first need your goal to be S, specific.
This means that your goal needs to be clear and very well defined.
It cannot be vague and disorganized.
Goals provide direction.
This means your goal needs to be specific enough to show you the way.
To make a goal measurable, you have to include precise amounts, dates, lengths of time, etc.
This helps you to measure if you are making progress or not.
If you can’t measure your goal, then how will you know you if you are on the right path?
If your goal is hard to add quantitative measurements to, for example, a goal of finding your passion. I mean, it’s really hard to calculate your passion, there are two things you can do.
- Go back and make your goal more specific
- You can write down the physical manifestations of the goal.
- Such as what you hear, feel, see, smell, and taste, when you achieve your goal.
I know it sounds wacky, but just hear me out.
When you describe the physical manifestations of your goal, see, smell, hear, feel, and taste, you can make your goal more realistic.
You can feel yourself achieving the goal.
This makes the process of achieving your goal easier because your brain now knows that it is possible.
At the same time, I do believe that every goal can have some sort of quantitative measurement to it if you are specific enough.
For example, let’s define the goal of finding your passion more so that it is measurable.
I want to find my passion by trying a new activity that interests me, once a week, after work, for 2 hours.
See how by defining the goal more, being more specific, allows you to make a vague goal of finding your passion measurable?
Making your goal measurable allows you to add direction, clarity, emotions, and action behind it.
The next letter in SMART is A and that stands for attainable.
This means you have to take the time and figure out if your goal is something that you can accomplish.
Too many times we set impossible goals.
For example, goals like I’m going to make a million dollars in my business in the next 6 months.
Okay, that could be possible but if you haven’t even made your first dollar yet, I highly doubt you’ll be able to accomplish that goal.
When your goal is something that you can’t complete then you’re setting yourself up for failure.
If you do this enough times, subconsciously you will start to believe that you aren’t able to achieve your goals.
To make sure your goal is attainable you have to make sure you have the tangible resources you will need to accomplish your goal.
Do you have enough time, money, knowledge, and so forth, to attain your goal?
Seriously, sit down and write be realistic about what you need to succeed.
Then verify if you have all that you need.
If you don’t have the resources you need, you can:
- Put that goal on the back burner and come up with an attainable goal.
- Find a way to come up with the resources needed.
- Or adjust your goal in a way that allows you to do something towards it with the resources you have now.
Out of the 5 letters, you probably think that this one, relevant, is the most obvious of them all.
You’ll be surprised to know how many people get this wrong when it comes to making their goal.
When I say that your goal needs to be relevant, I don’t mean to make sure that your goal is appropriate to the time of your life.
I mean much more than that.
You need to know if this goal worth your while.
Are you the right person to achieve this goal?
You have to make sure that this goal aligns with your vision and most importantly your values.
It needs to drive you forward.
And although you will need assistance in making your goal come true, because we all need help and support, you have to make sure that you don’t heavily rely on someone else to make your goal possible.
This is your goal and you are the one that cares most about it.
You need to make sure you’re the one in control.
It’s nice to set a goal and imagine what it will be like when you accomplish it.
Yes, your goal sounds amazing.
Yes, your goals will do great things for your life.
But the truth is, your goal won’t do anything at all if you don’t act upon it.
If your goals remain only a goal, and you never do anything to make it a reality then what’s the point of setting it!
To help push and motivate yourself to make your goal a reality, you need to set a deadline.
This deadline will be the day that your goal will be accomplished.
This day will be the day you dreamed about.
But, don’t forget to be realistic about your goal.
Life happens and you may miss a few days where you couldn’t work on your goal, so make sure your deadline is flexible.
The Last Thing You Need To Know About How To Set SMART Goals
Learning how to set SMART goals in life is a game-changer.
It allows you to make your dreams come true and saves you so much time since you will be focused!
When your goal is SMART you gain clarity, focus, and direction, so that you can create the life you want to live.
To help you make every goal of your is smart, I created a FREE Goal Planning Worksheet to help you.
Not only does this Goal Planning Worksheet take you step by step through making your goal SMART, it also helps you:
- Identify your why
- Figure out the benefits to your goal
- Create an action plan
- List the obstacles you will face
- Find solutions to your obstacles
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