How to be S.M.A.R.T. about Goal Setting
Goal setting is as natural to our everyday lives as eating. Because
of this very reality, I won't bore you with a long winded explanation
about the virtues of goal setting. It's importance, necessity,
constructive uses... etc etc. You already know that. It's impossible to
achieve "something" if you don't decide what that "something" is!
However, the process of how you set goals is an often ignored, but
crucial element. I've often found that most challenges in my life came
from knowing how to begin and how to end, but not the steps in between.
Below is a little blueprint I've developed for myself, a methodology of
sorts, that I've found useful to help me develop and adhere to my
personal and professional goals.
Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Relevant. Time Bound.
The more clearly you define what it is you're driving to achieve, the
more clearly you can define what steps need to be taken to reach your
goal. The key is to be bold, audacious even (within reason of course,
as I'll get to later).
You can't improve, if you don't know where you failed in the first
place. Measurable's allow for accountability and analytics. True
humility and growth stem from searching with equal vigor for our
greatness and our shortcomings. Both can always be improved upon.
Set realistic objectives. If it's your second day, you should probably
expect second day results. Why invite unnecessary disappointment? If
you are truly mentally prepared for whatever ambition is to come, you
won't hesitate to begin with.
"Stay in your lane." I say this to myself probably twice a day. If its
not relevant to the task at hand, or a larger goal, it usually not
Why do we always perform best when the deadline inches towards us
second by second? We've all done it. I still do from time to time. But,
it seems human beings often need a little fire under our rear to get
going. So be it. We all know it works!
At the end of the day, only one person can hold you accountable, YOU.
is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow, what
should have been done the day before yesterday.” – Napoleon Hill
All my best,