Create SMART goals and watch your dreams become reality
Happy New Year!
A. new year to start out fresh. Today is a great day to write down all the goals that you would like to accomplish for the year (if you haven’t done so already).
We recommend that your goals be split up into 4 different categories: Family, Work, Faith, Fitness / Health. You can change the categories if they don’t work for you, or you can add more categories.
Why is it important to set goals?
One of the best reasons to set goals is because it gives you clarity to your end vision or “finish line”. When you have a destination, you know when you’ve reached and accomplished your goal. Setting goals gives you purpose and makes you accountable (not only to yourself, but as well to others that you share your goals with).
So grab a pen and paper, and let’s get you started making some SMART goals.
- SMART Goals – Specific
Be clear about what you want to achieve. The more clear you are, the more focused you will be and you have a greater change of being successful. Avoid vague goals like “I want to make more money, or I want to lose weight”. Try asking yourself the following questions: What do you want to achieve? Where do you want to achieve it? When will you achieve it? Who will be involved? How and Why is it important to you?
- SMART Goals – Measurable
Set a benchmark on measuring your progress. You can use time, cost, quantities, etc. By tracking your progress you can see how far you have come and that will help keep you motivated and on track.
- SMART Goals – Achievable
When setting goals, the sky is the limit! But, unless your goals are realistic, it is easy to become disillusioned and less motivated towards achieving them. Take into account your resources and capabilities, and try breaking down the bigger goals into smaller, more achievable mini-goals.
I have recently started with a group that has two sets of Goals, your BHAG = BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS GOAL as well as a second one that may be more realistic in a shorter period of time. It is always good to have your BHAG displayed so you keep your eyes on the big picture, but celebrate the little smaller victories along the way
- SMART Goals – Relevant
Are your goals relevant to you, your choices and your priorities? You should set your goals based on what you really want to achieve, not on what you think is the right goal. If your goals reflect what you think you should be doing rather than what you want to be doing, you won’t be motivated enough to follow-through
- SMART Goals – Time-bound
Place a limit on when you plan to reach your goals. If no time limit is set, your goal will always live in tomorrow and there will be no motivation to achieve them in a timely manner. Have both short term and long term goals. Be realistic about the time limits you set and review your progress regularity for your long term goals. Your BHAG should be a 5 year goal, and break these down to yearly, and monthly goals to eventually make it.
Now that you have analyzed the 5 pieces of setting goals, here is an example of what a goal could have looked like in the past: “I want to make more money”. This vague goal should look more like this after going over these Five Steps:
“I want to double my paycheques by November 2019. I will do this by completing 10 more follow-ups each day and ensuring that I stay connected with all of my past clients. I will be sure to obtain a minimum of 10 new customers each month as well. Doing this, I will see an increase of my pay cheque by 10% each month so that at the end of the year my paycheque will be doubled!”
Good luck with all your goals for 2019! We are here to help support you along the way.