I have a question for you? Have you ever seen something really inspiring and thought?
“That’s it! It’s time for me to make a change.”
I know I have. So, if you’re a go-getter like me, your first instinct is to go after it and start to make plans. However, sometimes the initial excitement for changes wears off, and we are back to postponing making a positive change. Sound familiar? If it does, don’t feel bad! You’re not alone.
Seriously, we’ve all been there. Because when we expect too much from ourselves too quickly, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
So instead of unrealistic goals, I made it my mission long ago to set myself up for success, growth, and happiness by creating SMART goals.
And no, I’m not yelling at you or bragging about my intelligence! I am here to help you go forward.
S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym that stands for. Specific, Measure, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound
S = Specific
Be as clear and specific as possible with what you want to achieve. The narrower your goal, the more you’ll understand the steps necessary to achieve it.
Example: “I want to earn a position as a chef working for a hotel.”
M = Measurable
What evidence will prove you’re making progress toward your goal? For example, if your goal is to earn a position as a chef working for a hotel, you might measure progress by the number of management positions you’ve applied for and the number of interviews you’ve completed. Setting milestones along the way will give you the opportunity to re-evaluate and course-correct as needed. When you achieve your milestones, remember to reward yourself in small but meaningful ways.
Example: “I will apply to three open positions for a chef working in a hotel.”
A = Achievable
Have you set an achievable goal? Setting goals you can reasonably accomplish within a certain timeframe will help keep you motivated and focused. Using the above example of earning a job as a chef, you should know the credentials, experience, and skills necessary to be considered for the position. Before you begin working toward a goal, decide whether it’s something you can achieve now or whether there are additional preliminary steps you should take to become better prepared, such as schooling and or certifications.
Example: “I will update my resume with relevant qualifications so that I can apply to three open positions for a chef in a hotel.”
R = Relevant
When setting goals for yourself, consider whether they are relevant. Each of your goals should align with your values and larger, long-term goals. If a goal doesn’t contribute toward your broader objectives, you might rethink it. Ask yourself why the goal is important to you, how achieving it will help you and how it will contribute toward your long-term goals.
Example: “To achieve my goal of being in Chef in the Hotel industry, I will update my resume with relevant qualifications so I can apply to three open positions.”
T = Time-Bound
What is your goal timeframe? An end date can help provide motivation and help you prioritize. For example, if your goal is to earn a promotion to a more senior position, you might give yourself six months. If you haven’t achieved your goal in that timeframe, take time to consider why. Your timeframe might have been unrealistic, you might have run into unexpected roadblocks, or your goal might have been unachievable.
I encourage you to also keep your goal list short and attainable. In fact, I challenge you only to make no more than (3) goals.
These (3) goals set a fire within you — the ones that you feel the most passionate about. And make it your mission to work toward those goals every single day.
Here is the Good News!!!! When you achieve one? You get to cross it out and move on to the next goal!
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