I have completed and in depth series (not as in-depth as I would like) on setting goals. The pattern follows the SMART criteria. If you are looking for the Cliff’s notes on goal setting this is where you find it.
You have to have goals! Most all successful people have a set of goals, yet it is one of the most overlooked keys to success. So let’s begin.
Your goals need to be specific. Setting a general goal, generally sets you up for failure. If you want to go the the beach driving to Florida seems like a good start, until you realize that most of Florida isn’t necessarily on the beach. So when you set your goal you need to make it as specific as possible.
Your goals need to be measurable. If you can’t measure your progress, you probably won’t make progress. Sometimes we mistake action for progress. This mentality will ultimately cause frustration. In the example of driving to the beach, if you knew it was 400 miles away, and drove for 4 hours, and were still 4 hours away, I think it would be a good idea to consult your map.
Your goals need to be achievable. So on our journey to the beach we are obviously hitting some snags, so can we do it if we didn’t have a car? NO! You can’t drive to the beach without a car, so does that mean you can’t make it to the beach? NO! You can take a bus. Find one that is heading south, and hop aboard.
Your goals need to be relevant. My mom always wanted to go to Alaska. I don’t have any issues with her dream, but that isn’t my dream (I am heading to the beach remember). If I started saving for a trip to Alaska, that money would soon find another home. The reason… that isn’t my goal. That can be your goal. You should also reconsider if you want to go to the beach, you might just be trying to accomplish my goal.
Your goals need to be time based. Call it a deadline if you will… but I already have my check-in day planned for my beach trip… I haven’t gathered all the logistics, in fact I am not even going to gas up my car until the day before, but I at least know when the day will come, I have a plan.
After you are finished go get ’em. Now that you have honed in on your mastery you can truly become something greater than yourself. So remember, always make your goals SMART.
Thanks for Reading,