The Dos and Don’ts of Smart Goal Setting

The Dos and Don’ts of Smart Goal Setting

I’ve talked about SMART goal setting in my last blog, but since it’s the best goal setting information that I know of I’m going to go over the topic.  

Remember, SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Driven.

Specific goals are those that are clear and concise. 

Measurable goals are specific enough to allow you to measure and manage your progress. 

Attainable and Realistic goals mean that attaining these goals will be within your skill-set and your ability to achieve them. 

Finally, time driven goals are those that have a start date and a date of completion.

So instead of a vague “I want more money” goal, a SMART goal would be something like “I want to make $10K per month from my home business by the summer of 2016.”

See the difference?

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It’s easy to see why SMART goals became popular.

They are clear, concise and seemingly simple.

SMART goals can save time and simplify the process of setting measurable goals.

With goal achievement when it comes to health and fitness it can be a mystery.

Most of us have no trouble with Setting the Goal.

Setting a goal is the easy part but it’s those other steps that can be a puzzle.

But you CAN turn achieving your goals into a science with the right strategies.

Here are some Dos & Don’ts when it comes to SMART goal setting:dos and donts

–  DO create a plan. DON’T wait for “someday” to roll around.

Setting the goal is just the first step.

Know where you’re going and what resources you will need.

Who can help and most importantly, is there a Plan B when life throws a monkey wrench into Plan A.

DO start small. DON’T focus on too many things at once.

Try focusing on one goal at a time.

Use a small goal that you know you can do each day for the next two weeks.

Like getting up without the snooze or drinking eight cups of water.

Build that first habit to boost your confidence and then pick up speed.

DO write it down. DON’T forget to give yourself a deadline.

Deadlines turn wishes into goals.

The act of writing down your goal is powerful enough to keep you committed and focused.

Better yet, go find a visual that represents your goal or how your life will be different.

Seeing it makes it seem more possible to achieve.

DO be specific. DON’T deal in absolutes.

Avoid the words ‘some’ and ‘more’.

Such as in “I will get SOME exercise” or “I will eat MORE veggies.”

It leaves too much wiggle-out room.

Deal in measurable things that you have control over.

And never say ‘never’ or ‘always.’

All or nothing is a common attitude that leads people back to bad habits.

DO leave room for failure. DON’T expect perfection.

Persistence is key.

Accept the fact that you might not make it on the first try.

Basically, only 40% of people who successfully followed New Year’s resolutions did it on the first try.

Only 17% of resolution achievers took six or more tries before they got it right but they did get it right.

DO track your progress. DON’T fool yourself into failure.

Memory can be pretty selective.

It conveniently forgets that extra brownie while remembering activity that never happened.

The only way to know for sure is to track goals regularly with a checklist or journal.

DO reward your success. DON’T beat yourself up over failure.

This is the step that trips up most people.

Negative thoughts are usually in our heads and just telling us every day what we are doing wrong.

This is not the approach to take to succeed with your goals.

Why not focus on what you’re doing right instead?

If you take a step back then learn from it and take two steps forward.

DO find a support system. DON’T try to do it alone.

A goal buddy can make all the difference this time.

People that can help are all around.

Just add one person to your support group and you double your motivation, double your energy, double your commitment and double your FUN.

DO make a commitment. DON’T ever forget that you can do it.

The major obstacles achieving your goals will be your time management.

These are what can steal your time.stealing time

So DO try and keep them under control so they will not distract you from achieving your goals.

  • Interruptions from your phone and/or TV.
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  • Interruptions from unexpected guest.
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  • Meetings.
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  • Tasks that you should have someone else do for you.
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  • Procrastination and indecision.
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  • Acting without total information.
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  • Dealing with other peoples’ issues or problems.
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  • Some sort of personal crisis, such as, a family member getting injured or sick.
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  • Unclear communication.
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  • Inadequate knowledge.
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  • Unclear objectives or priorities.
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  • Lack of planning.
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  • Stress, anxiety, and fatigue.
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  • Inability to say “NO” to anyone with a request.
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  • Personal Disorganization.

There are quite a few of them…

Isn’t there?

Fortunately there are strategies you can use to manage your time in a better way.

To be in more control and reduce your stress.

Remember, living a life without setting goals is like sailing a ship without having planned a course.

You are likely to end up somewhere that you wouldn’t want to go!

This is why you need to set smart goals to develop yourself and achieve your dreams.

But you need to avoid common mistakes along the way.

These can cause you to feel discouraged, question your abilities, or even give up.

The good news is that you are much more likely to accomplish your dreams if you know about these mistakes and avoid them!

My next blog will be on goals and time management

Read my latest blog on Useful Ways for Making Smart Goals

If you need more help here is Wikihow on How to Accomplish a Goal

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Maria Barina is a mother and grandmother who worked for the NYC Board of Education as Laboratory Specialist Bio/GS for 26yrs till the age of 56. Her husband, after 37 of marriage, passed away from Lung Cancer. She came to myEmpirePRO to seek guidance on how to get freedom that an online business can provide. Freedom to her is being able to do what she wants, when she wants to and to show others they can do the same to. Since she done that she is able to do this by working anywhere she goes and became a mobile-prenuer

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