5 Elements of Smart Goal Setting


Smart goal setting is an extremely powerful tool that teaches you: How to set Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound goals.

The main reason why most people fail to achieve their goals is because they:

1. Don’t know what they want

2. State their goals incorrectly

3. Don’t have a clear idea on how to achieve their dream goal

4. Get constantly distracted by other little unimportant daily tasks.

Smart goal setting helps to eliminate all of these obstacles and shows you the shortest road to your dream.

As it was stated earlier any goal should be SPECIFIC. For example, “I want to lose weight” is very common, but incorrect statement. In this case you are giving your mind a vague idea of what you want. If your goal is unclear there is no way of knowing when to stop and celebrate the achievement. You can lose a half-pound and this will meet your statement, but that’s hardly what you had in mind. So the earlier statement becomes, “I want to lose 20 pounds by incorporating regular exercise and cutting down my daily calorie intake to 2000 calories”.

Next your goal should be MEASURABLE. It is hard to stay focused and motivated, when you can’t measure the process towards the attainment of your goal. Then it seems that all of the efforts are simply wasted for nothing. Create your own criteria for the measuring process, by breaking the goal into the smaller objectives. This is what makes your goal ATTAINABLE.

Think of what abilities or attitudes you may need to develop to achieve your goal? Achieving any goal requires some physical and mental effort as well as real commitment from you. The goal should be REALISTIC, but that doesn’t mean it has to be easy. For example, if you aim to go from size 16 to size 5 in two weeks, this is clearly unrealistic goal. In this case you set yourself up for nothing, but failure and disappointment. While easy goals may not be satisfying, overly hard ones may break you. The happy medium is to set a goal that you are both willing and able to work for. And of course, any objective should be TIME-BOUND. If you are not setting specific deadlines or time frames, you don’t have a feeling of urgency. As a result you may feel like you can start at any time and constantly put off your dream goal in favor of insignificant tasks.

Take a piece of paper and write down your goal, using everything you’ve learned in this article. Start turning your dream into reality right this moment!

Source by Karina Kronkalne

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