Ask yourself, is your goal smart? Do you know what it is specifically or how you will achieve it? One of my favorite quotes is, “Failing to plan, is planning to fail”. Using the S.M.A.R.T method for goal setting is an amazing way to provide structure to your goal so that you can achieve it efficiently!
I first came across S.M.A.R.T goals in my physical education class. We used it to set a specific goal where we outlined exactly how we will achieve that goal. This is the power of the S.M.A.R.T goal, it is very structured so it will help you identify exactly what you want to accomplish and will guide you to achieve your specific goal. While using the S.M.A.R.T method to reach your goals is great for fitness related goals, you can actually use it for anything! I’m going to walk you through what a S.M.A.R.T goal is, how to make one yourself, and how to stick to it!
The first step in setting a goal using the S.M.A.R.T method is to know exactly what your goal is. Many times, if your goal is too vague or broad it will either be too easy or too hard to accomplish. The more specific your goal is, the higher chance you have of achieving it. To identify and describe your goal, think of some of the Ws. Such as who, what, where, and why. If other people are involved in your goal, outline specifically who you need in order to reach your goal. You obviously need to explain what your goal is, so make sure to write that down ( remember the more specific the better)! Where is not always necessary but if it ties into your goal (eg. moving houses) make sure to include exactly where, in which location, you want to achieve your goal. And lastly, ask yourself why you are doing this. What will keep you motivated to keep pursuing this goal even when it gets difficult? This is very important to write as it is a vital part of seeing your S.M.A.R.T goal through from beginning to end.
This may be the most important step in goal setting yet it is often overlooked. I’m very guilty of this, for example when I’m starting a new workout routine or diet regime, I’m too lazy to get a before and after pic so afterward have no idea if I actually see any improvements. So, in order to be able to evaluate if or when you have reached your goal, you need to be able to measure it. And I’m talking numbers! Set an exact dollar amount if it is a monetary related goal or lbs. kgs, and inches if it is a weight-loss goal. You may be inclined to skip this step, but trust me, the happiness you feel once you know you achieved your goal is worth it. 🙂
This is when you have to get realistic about your goals and really hash out the nitty-gritty specifics. Firstly assess if your goal is attainable, do you have the right skills, tools, or even motivation that is needed. If it is not, what can you do to make it attainable? Do you have to learn a new skill? Attain some new equipment? Have a new mindset? Make sure the goal is reasonable for you. Whatever you need to to do to make your goal attainable, make sure you write it down in this section and complete those things so that you have nothing stopping you from reaching your goal.
Think, is your goal relevant to you? Does it fit in with the grander scheme of things you are trying to achieve? Is it relevant to your business? SOmethime’s you may really want to achieve something but it isn’t actually that relevant and your time could be put towards more productive things.
Lastly, you have to set a deadline for your goal. Without having a set deadline for your goal, you won’t be as motivated to achieve it because you won’t have a fear of failing because you can always just think you’ll do it in the future. You need a set time to motivate you to actually take action right now.
Below, I attached an amazing graphic that I found on Pinterest that summarizes everything I have talked about above and gives examples, so make sure to check that out or pin it!
I really hope you guys will see the power of having such a structured and therefore achievable goal!
Comment below what your goal is at the moment!