5 ways to get SMART about your goals

What goals do you have?

Now that you’ve thought about beliefs and priorities both at home and at work, you’re ready to begin thinking about setting some goals.

You may be someone who has set goals before and didn’t quite stick to them. You had great intentions, great dreams in your mind, but for one reason or other you didn’t see them through.

Many people jump into setting goals before they know what they believe, before they determine their priorities, before they examine their Wheel of Life.

That’s why we did those exercises over the past few weeks. All of the blogs this year are geared toward getting you what you need and want, but going about it in a way that builds for the long term and increases the likelihood of you reaching what you want.

The other part of the problem with goals is that many people set fake goals. These aren’t so much goals as wishes, dreams, desires.

There’s nothing wrong with having wishes, dreams, and desires, but they aren’t real goals. They aren’t specific enough. “I want to be rich” is not a goal.

I’m sure you’ve heard me talk before about SMART goals. Well, let’s do it one more time because now it’s different.

Now you have your beliefs and your priorities written down. Now you have more clarity about what’s important to you.

When you set goals under these conditions, you can set better goals, more appropriate goals, goals that are supported by your head and your heart.

This week, set one goal you’d like to accomplish. As you set out to accomplish it, with your beliefs and priorities in mind, you should apply the guidance provided by the principles of SMART goals.

S – Specific. Your goal has to be as specific as possible. “I want to lose weight” is not a real goal. “I will lose fifteen pounds between January 1st and February 15th and here’s how I’m going to do it” is a much more specific goal, making it easier to get started and more difficult to get thrown off course.

M – Measurable. You have to know what it is you are trying to do. How will you know when you’ve reached the goal? What does “done” look like? In the weight-loss example, done is when the person loses fifteen pounds.

A – Attainable. Is it actually possible to reach this goal? Losing 100 pounds in a week is not attainable, but losing fifteen in six weeks is within reach.

R – Results-oriented. You need to set goals like you set a destination when you get in the car – with the expectation you will get there. The pursuit of goals is critical, but you can easily forget that you actually need to arrive at your destination.

T – Time-bound. In the weight-loss example above, the time limit was six weeks. Deadlines are critical when pursuing goals.

This week, set one goal you’d like to accomplish using the SMART method.

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About Joe Serio

Dr. Joe Serio is a keynote speaker, trainer, and author who helps the people in your organization navigate resistance to change so they can move forward successfully.

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