For many of us, setting goals can be very daunting, terrifying even! They don’t have to be however. Using the SMART goals system can help you get a handle on your goals, and through them you can achieve everything you set out to!
The SMART goals acronym first appeared in the November 1981 issue of Management Review.
“There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management goals and objectives.” was the title and it was written by George Doran, Arthur Miller, and James Cunningham.
S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Goals are also popular today.
E. and R. are added after the letters S.M.A.R.T.
They signify the following:
E.- Evaluate, excitable, ethical…
R – Re-evaluate, reward, reassess…
Instead of setting a goal to become healthier, get specific about it. The goal needs to be clear and defining a number can definitely help:
- I will lose X number of pounds,
- I will run a 5k marathon,
- I will go to the gym twice a week.
In most cases, it will be easy to tell when you’ve achieved your goal. In the case of weight loss, by knowing your starting weight you can measure your results with a scale and track your weight loss. You’ll know you’ve achieved your SMART goal when you reach the desired number of pounds lost.
Create an action plan to achieve your SMART goals. If your goal is to write 5 articles per week, consider how much time you are willing to set aside on a daily basis to achieve this goal. If you have small children at home, you may need to wake up earlier in the morning, or stay up later at night in order to find some quiet time. Going back to our losing weight goal, you may need to get a gym membership, or team up with a friend to exercise daily.
Be realistic with yourself when setting your SMART goals. In theory losing 5 lbs in 2 months sounds like an achievable goal, but if you’re attempting to do this around holiday season, you may encounter set backs. Make sure you’re really willing to make the commitment to yourself in order to reach your desired outcome.
Set a specific time limit on your SMART goals. Hold yourself accountable on a regular basis. If your goal is to gain 500 new email subscribers in 5 months, break it down into smaller goals of bringing in 100 new subscribers per month for 5 months. This may seem a little less daunting than looking at the bigger picture, and you’ll also be able to measure your successes on an easier level.
Setting and achieving your goals can also help you boost your self-confidence! The feeling you’ll get when you accomplish what you set out to will be mind blowing!
If you need help with setting your first SMART goals, let me know in the comments and we’ll work through them together! Let’s ROCK 2018!!
— Wahm Dianne