Self improvement and growth are imperative in order to live your best life.
One of the key ways to track your success and development is through the setting of goals.
Goals are simply what you want to achieve after a given period of time.
They can be small specific targets, to reach a certain weight for example, or vaguer life goals (perhaps, retiring by age 60).
A common time for goal setting is around the New Year, many of us plan to do things differently come January 1st but only around 8% of us actually achieve these resolutions.
But what if there was a way to make your goals more achievable and motivate yourself to keep going?
Read on to find out all about setting SMART goals for success.
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What Are SMART Goals?
The idea behind SMART goals is believed to have come from Peter Drucker’s Management by Objectives concept.
Creating these goals is a method often used in project management, employee-performance management and personal development.
This article focuses on the latter.
Top-level athletes, successful businesspeople and achievers in all fields all set goals using the SMART acronym.
Each letter of the acronym, SMART, guides the goal setting process to ensure you have well defined targets that you can easily track your progress with.
“A goal without a plan, is only a dream” – Brian Tracy
How To Implement SMART Goals Into Your Life
Before you begin creating your very own SMART goals, let’s talk about what they include.
Define what exactly you want to achieve.
What does success look like to you?
Think about why you want to complete this action, and how you would go about doing this.
Find a way to measure you progress along the way to achieving this goal.
If your goal is to drink more water, you could measure how many litres you are drinking daily until you reach your target of 2 litres a day, for example.
You could also create a detailed timeline to follow throughout the process.
Consider what tools and resources you will need to make your goal achievable.
Do you need a detailed plan? Will it cost money? Or do you just need more knowledge or skills in that area?
List all the things you will need throughout the process.
Given the resources available to you, think about how realistic your goal is to achieve.
Consider its importance to you and whether it is the right time in your life to be embarking on this journey.
Find ways to make your goal more realistic by relaxing deadlines or designating a certain amount of time a week to this goal.
Decide on a final time you want your goal to be achieved by.
This can be as specific as a certain date and time.
Or a bit looser, such as, by the time you are 30 years old.
Make sure you are clearly defining a time, whilst not putting too much pressure on yourself with unrealistic deadlines.
Now you’re ready to decide on the goals you would like to set, make sure to have a good look at any vision boards you have, or simply think about what you have always wanted in your future.
Setting long-term goals can take time, so do not rush to complete your list of future SMART goals as this can affect your success rate.
Initial Goal Starting Points
Here are some starting points to initiate the goal-making process:
- Transition to a vegan diet and lifestyle
- Drink 2 litres of water a day
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes, 4 days a week
- Reduce household plastic waste by 50%
- Improve your sleeping schedule
- Volunteer once a week
- Create and maintain a capsule wardrobe
- Indulge in self-care practices, 3 times a week
- Reduce impulse buys by focusing on needs more than wants
- Begin a bullet journal