Useful Ways for Making Smart Goals

Useful Ways for Making Smart Goals

A useful way of making your goals more powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic. SMART usually stands for:

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Attainable

R – Realistic

T – Time driven

For instance, instead of having a goal as “run a marathon”.

It would be more powerful to use the SMART goal “To run a marathon for race for the cure on May 1, 2016.”

This would only happen if a lot of preparation has been done ahead of time!

Tips for Setting Your Smart Goals
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The following information will help you to set effective and achievable goals:

State each smart goal as a positive statement – Express your goals positively – “Solve this problem now” is a much better goal than “Don’t make this stupid mistake.”

Be precise: Set precise goals, putting in dates, times and amounts so that you can measure your achievement.

When you do this then you will know exactly how you have achieved your goal and can take complete satisfaction from achieving it.

Set priorities – When you have several goals then you should give each one a priority.

This will help you to avoid feeling overwhelmed by having too many goals and help you to direct your attention to the most important ones.

Write your smart goals down – This will reinforce them and help give them more force.

Keep operational goals small – Keep the low-level goals that you’re working towards small and achievable.

If a goal is too large then it can seem that you are not making progress towards it.

Keeping goals small and incremental gives more opportunities for reward.

Set performance goals and not outcome goals – You should take care to set goals over which you have as much control as possible.

It can be quite discouraging to fail to achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond your control!

In business, these reasons could be bad business environments or unexpected effects of government policy.

In sport, they could include poor judging, bad weather, injury, or just plain bad luck.

If you base your goals on personal performance then you can keep control over the achievement of your performance goals and draw satisfaction from them.

Set realistic goals – It’s important to set smart goals that you can achieve.

All sorts of people like employers, parents, media, or society can set unrealistic goals for you.

They will often do this in ignorance of your own desires and ambitions.

It’s also possible to set goals that are too difficult because you might not appreciate either the obstacles in the way.

You might not understand quite how much skills you may need to develop to achieve a particular level of performance.

Achieving Your Smart Goals
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When you have achieved a smart goal then take the time to enjoy the satisfaction of having done so.

Absorb the implications of your smart goal achievement and observe the progress that you have made towards other goals.

If the goal was a significant one then reward yourself appropriately.

All of this helps you build the self-confidence you deserve.

With the experience of just having achieved this smart goal then review the rest of your goal plans:

If you achieved the smart goal too easily then make your next goal harder.

If the goal took a unfavorable length of time to achieve then make the next goal a little easier.

If you learned something that would lead you to change other goals then do so.

If you noticed a deficit in your skills despite achieving the goal then decide whether to set goals to fix this.

It’s important to remember that failing to meet your smart goals does not matter much.

Just as long as you learn from the experience.

Feed lessons you have learned back into the process of setting your next goals.

Remember too that your smart goals will change as time goes on.

Adjust them regularly to reflect growth in your knowledge and experience.

If your smart goals do not hold any attraction any longer then consider letting them go.

Example of Personal Goals
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For her New Year’s Resolution, Joanie has decided to think about what she really wants to do with her life.

Her lifetime goals are as follows:

Career – “To be an administrator of the hospital that I work for.”

Artistic – “To keep working on my painting skills because I want to have my own show in the uptown gallery.”

Physical – “To run a marathon.”

Now that Joanie has listed her lifetime goals, she can then breaks down each one into smaller and more manageable goals.

Let’s take a closer look at how she can break down her lifetime career goal of becoming administrator of the hospital:

Five-year goal: “Become an administrator of the hospital.”

One-year goal: “Volunteer for projects that the administrator of the hospital is heading up.”

Six-month goal: “Go back to school and finish my management degree.”

One-month goal: “Talk to the current administrator to determine what skills are needed to do the job.”

One-week goal: “Book the meeting with the administrator of the hospital.”

As you can see from this example that breaking big goals down into smaller is more manageable.

Smart goals makes it far easier to see how the goal will get accomplished.

Smart Goals Tips
smart goals

Goal setting is an important method of:

Deciding what you want to achieve in your life.

Separating what’s important from what’s irrelevant or what is a distraction.

Motivating yourself.

Building your self-confidence that is based on successful achievement of your smart goals.

Set your lifetime goals first.

Then you should set a five-year plan of smaller goals that you need to complete if you are to reach your lifetime plan.

Keep the process going by regularly reviewing and updating your goals.

And remember to take time to enjoy the satisfaction of achieving your goals when you do so.

If you don’t already set goals then do so by starting now.

As you make this technique part of your life then you will find your career accelerating and you will wonder how you did without it!

Remember making your goals more powerful is by using the SMART goals.

Here is a PDF to help you get started.

Need more help go here to wikihow: how to set smart goals.

Read my latest blog on Getting Your Ideal Future by Goal Setting

My next blog will be on the dos and don’ts on setting goals

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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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