Welcome back! In today's Chasing Success Series we will be focusing on the first step in achieving success, setting your goals! Not just setting goals, but setting S.M.A.R.T. goals that are time sensitive, well-defined, and will put you ahead in reaching the stars. Let's go through the acronym below:
S. - Specific
The goal should be straight to the point, very clear, and well defined. A specific goal has a better chance of being accomplished then a general goal. To set a specific goal, think about the six "W" questions; Who is involved? What do I want to accomplish? Where is the location? When is it due? Which requirements and constraints do you want to set? Always make sure you know exactly what your goal is you want to reach, and be overly specific when setting the goal. The more you know when setting your goal, the higher chance you have to reach it! This is one of the most important parts in developing your goal, as the other letters in the acronym will follow according to what specific goal you set.
M. - Measurable
Establish a concrete, quantifiable measuring system for progress toward reaching the goal. When you measure your progress you are able to stay on track throughout the time span in reaching your end goal. This will allow you to develop a time sensitive goal, anywhere from a couple of hours to reach, all the way to a five or ten year life goal. Ask yourself, how can I track my progress? How can I measure my progress along the way? Where do I need to be at halfway to my goal to reach it by the desired time?
A. - Attainable
You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach will eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and develop to match them. When you list your goals you build your self-image which allows your to mentally see yourself reaching your goals. Try to always set goals above what your initially desired results would normally be. It is amazing to see what you can achieve when you set your mind to it. "If you shoot for the moon, you may land among the stars."
R. - Relevant
A goal must represent an objective that you are willing to attain and able to attain. Set goals that will push your current work ethic, push your motivation, and push the limits that you desire to reach. However, make sure it is realistic to reach your goal in the time frame you set for yourself. The more goals you develop, and are able to reach, the better self image you begin to have for yourself! Ask yourself, can I reach the goal? Am I willing to spend my time on the goal I want to develop? How realistic is my goal I want to set?
T - Timely
A goal should ALWAYS have a time frame. Whether that time frame is to achieve your goal by the end of the day, or within the month, this is one of the most important parts. A time frame creates a sense of urgency, creates a measuring system that allows you to stay on top of your progress, and creates an unconscious mindset around reaching a goal by a certain date/time in the future. Ask yourself what goal you have set in the past that is similar to the goal you are attempting to develop? How long did the goal in the past take? Do you have further resources to help you to reach the goal faster?
This is the beginning around setting your goals to become more efficient in reaching them. One important part of goal setting is the type of goals you want to set. Do you want ten or twenty big goals that have weeks or months of progress? Do you want ten little goals a day with one big goal a week? There is many opinions on this matter, and I would recommend to do what you do best! You know the best way you work, the best way to motivate yourself, and the best way to keep track of your progress. Always remember to set the goals to a higher level than you initially desire. This will lead your drive to reach the goal and allow you to reach the stars!