Introduction to SMART Goals: What, Why, How?
We all have goals, but simply having a plan won’t get you anywhere unless you approach it effectively. Goal setting is a part of self-management, and it helps increase self-awareness and builds self-esteem.
What is a SMART goal?
- S = Specific and Simple. Many goals fail because they’re too vague or too complicated. Make sure yours are specific and straightforward.
- M = Measurable. Measuring not just your goal but the milestones of progress toward it can make it easier and more enjoyable, especially if you have a starting benchmark.
- A = Action-Oriented. A goal can’t be reached without specific action on your part isn’t a goal. It’s a fantasy.
- R = Realistic. Setting unrealistic goals is a sure way to fail and, worse – to make you feel like simply giving up. If you’re thinking big, you may need to set a series of progressively larger goals that will get you to your primary objective.
- T = Time-Bound. Set a target time for reaching your goal, mainly if it’s a goal that will include multiple milestones. Keeping that deadline in mind will help you stay on track and motivated.
Accomplishing Your SMART Goals
Once you create your SMART GOALS, you need to plan how to achieve them.
Create a plan by listing the things you must do to accomplish your goal.
List strategies and resources you will need.
Prioritize the list
Make a weekly plan.
Have a support group you can check in with.
If you fail along the way, do not beat yourself up. Instead, identify why you faltered and how you’ll avoid making the same mistake again and move on.
Celebrate your progress along the way. Enjoy a day out with friends, or buy yourself an affordable gift.
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