Let’s Get S.M.A.R.T. About Our Goals
But why do I need to be smart? I’m already smart…are you trying to call me stupid!?
No…I’m not. LOL
S.M.A.R.T. Is an organizational guide for goal setting, that puts everything in the right perspective so we don’t get frustrated, or bored with what we are trying to accomplish.
Here I have some SMART goal examples explained to help you apply the S.M.A.R.T. theory of goal setting.
We need to be specific about what we want to do, and then there should also be a time interval for it to be accomplished within. When we know exactly what we want to do, it becomes much easier to remain focused on the goal because we know what it looks like.
A vague goal is one that is hard to achieve, it’s like asking someone who doesn’t wear glasses put on a pair and play a game of darts. Your aim will off because your eyes cannot focus properly, you can still hit the bulls-eye but the chances are very low. You would not have even given yourself a fair chance at getting a good score…See what I mean Lol
Ask your self these questions when forming you specific goal;
*What am I trying to accomplish?
*What makes this goal important to me?
*Who are the key players involved in this goal?
All of these questions may not perfectly line up with your type of goal, just use them as brainstorm questions to get your mind on the right track.
I think this is the step that most people forget or totally omit from the goal-setting process, I am guilty of it myself. That is why this is my favorite part of the S.M.A.R.T. Goal setting strategy. Measurable in that there should be some sort of metric involved in the goal, in other words, it should involve a number.
Example: I want to lose weight (OK well how much weight do you want to lose) If you just loose ¼ of a pound you will have lost weight and achieved your goal!…But wait…did that feel like you just did something great? Probably not because there was no finish line to the race you never stopped running it and you never won! And that’s no fun!
Example: I want to lose 3 pounds (OK, it was not easy but you did it you finished the race because this race had a finish line, YEAH! NOW WE CAN CELEBRATE)
The best part about your goal being measurable is that since we have a number as a goal, for instance, 3 pounds now we can break it up into 3 mini-goals of just 1 pound each. Now it’s an even easier goal to reach and we get to celebrate 3 times not just once! Sounds like a win to me.
Let’s choose a goal that is challenging so we can “Level up” and improve. But, let’s not choose something that is so challenging that chances are so dim that in trying in it becomes frustrating and a demoralizing experience.
We don’t want to regress, we want to progress. Also, beware of setting a goal that reached without any additional effort/growth, this is would be an exercise in complacency. If things are too easy then we would just be wasting time and brain cells.
Meaning that the goal somehow ties into a larger one. It is apart of the “big picture”. If you want to paint a picture of the ocean I seriously doubt that you would want to paint a car driving through that ocean…it does not make sense.
Example: So if one of our big-picture goals is to be more fit, and we have small goal #1 & #2.
#1 Sit on the couch for 1 additional hour per day (irrelevant)
#2 Sit on the couch for 1 hour less per day (relevant)
I think you get the point. : )
Meaning that there is a time constraint set within the goal, a time limit for completion.
The time limit reinforces the urgency of the goal. Again this can be another area that can either motivate or deflate the goals momentum.
If the goals completion time is set too far into the future you can just totally forget about it, or give up too easily because there is no urgency.
And, if you give yourself too little time to accomplish the goal, morale can drop, and drive to finish the race can fall. I hope these SMART goal examples explained the process in an understandable way.
It will take some time and practice learning to apply each part of the strategy to a solid goal, that promotes efficiency, morale building along the way. When you have met your goals you can yell out loud “I DID IT”
I can hear it now someone next door just shouted “I DID IT”
Ahhh the sweet sound of Leveling up…it’s great!
(Don’t forget to comment or add to the post how or what you used to accomplish your goals, Thanks)