How to Choose Goals that Work
Setting goals in your life is a good way of giving yourself direction and motivation because unless you are very lucky you will find it hard to achieve your dreams without a plan of action.
Whether your goal is big or small, establishing goals puts you in control of your life and is the first step in guiding you towards achieving them.
Having a goal gives you a purpose for getting up the morning and provides you with a focus for the day.
Maybe you want to travel more or if you are overweight, you goal could be to lose weight and be healthier.
If you’re SMART with your goals, you’ll have a better chance of succeeding with your dreams.
Be SMART with your Goals
What exactly do you want to accomplish with your goal? If you are not clear it will be harder to define if your goal has been achieved.
In the habit tracker examples I talked about instead of stating you want to exercise, try – I will walk 30 minutes daily.
If your goal is not measurable you won’t be able to know if you are making progress.
Ensuring your end goal is measurable will make it easy to track progress.
If your goal isn’t attainable then you are setting yourself up for failure before you even begin.
Look at anything that might get in your way and prevent you reaching your goal, such as finances or education and if need be incorporate these potential obstacles into your plans to clear the way for your main goal. Remember it’s ok to aim for the sky but the goal should also be achievable.
This step is all about making sure your goal really matters to you. In the original acronym for SMART, R stood for “Realistic” and some people still use this definition. However, as realistic and achievable are essentially the same thing, using relevant is a better choice.
To decide if your goal is relevant, ask questions such as:
- Why do I want to achieve this goal?
- Is the goal really worthwhile?
- Does the goal fit into other relevant goals?
- Is the time right to work on this goal?
Set a date for when you plan on achieving your end goal. If there is no time limit in place there’s no sense of urgency to take steps to achieve goals.
Keep the deadline realistic but flexible.
Once you’ve completed a goal, it’s time to move on to the next one.
Use the Goal Setting Planner Pack to help you plan out your goals.