Personal Goal Setting – The S.M.A.R.T Way

Been spinning your wheels? I’m going to teach you the exact steps to reaching your goals the smart way. Let’s roll right into it!

What is a goal?

By definition a goal is: the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.

You might be wondering; what the heck does all that mean? Well lets break it down: we all have ambitions, we strive to always be better than who we were yesterday. You want something more in life? The Easiest way: have a goal, something to work towards. Something to wake up every morning and chase!

 

I usually start with 4 types of goals:

Daily Goals: Goals that can be completed within the time constraints of a 24-hour period. ( Do 6000 steps daily, make a new friend etc)

Weekly Goals: Goals that are completed within a weekly time frame ( Lose a pound a week, run X amount of miles per week etc)

Monthly Goals: Goals that are completed within a monthly period (Increase strength by 5%, save $500 etc)

Yearly Goals: Major milestones that can be completed within the 365-day window (Run a marathon you’ve been training all year for, buy your first car by the end of the year etc)

These are all S.M.A.R.T goals. Not sure what I’m on about yet? Keep reading and I guarantee you’ll have a thorough understanding of this topic. Not only that but you’ll have the right tools to implement these goals into your own life. Implementation is key here!

Be Specific (S)

  • First pick your end goal and a deadline: this by nature should be something that you’re passionate about ( this will make it easier, not to mention more enjoyable to adhere to) YOU MUST HAVE A DEADLINE, THIS WILL KEEP YOU ACCOUNTABLE
  • Be specific not only about your goal but also how you intend to achieve this ( go back to the top of this article for information regarding setting smaller daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals)
  • Ideally if your goal is to financially support yourself then you will create mini goals associated with this

Make it Measurable (M)

This is pretty straight forward but still a very tangible component to your goal setting.

To determine whether a goal is measurable or not is precisely just that! By setting guidelines as to how you may feel or react when you achieve this goal; you can monitor if what you are doing is working or not working for you

  • For example: if you set a goal to buy your first car, you’ll obviously set aside money each week to allow for this. This would fall under our weekly goal section. By doing this you will also achieve some level of pride and feeling of reward having accomplished this seemingly minor goal; when in fact this is a minor piece to a big picture

Is it attainable? (A)

Now before you get discouraged and start hurling rocks at me for being a pessimist, I will just put it out there; if you don’t physically have the capabilities or skills required to achieve your goal, how far are you willing to go to make it happen. If you are not willing to put in the work or do the hard yards in order to exceed your potential (perhaps even get a mentor if necessary) then this goal is not for you. You must be willing to learn and expand your knowledge in order to reach new horizons.

Note: Every goal is attainable if you put in the work required.

Is it Realistic? (R)

OK so you’re not going to have success overnight, ain’t gonna happen my friend. If these are you’re initial expectations I invite you take the time to implement what you have learned so far by writing down your specific personal goals and ask yourself if they are S.M.A.R.T goals. A lot of people seem to falter on the realistic aspect of this (understandably so). It is basic human nature to want things done yesterday. Take the time to think about whether your goal is actually realistic within the time frame that you have set.

Time (T)

Time is money as they say. However, we tend to take this for granted. You need your goal to be realistic but also efficiently plotted out. What I mean by this is: Have a goal set a realistic deadline.

  • Buying your first car within 6 months is totally efficient and realistic.
  • Buying your first car (of same or lesser value) and taking 10 years to do it is realistic but not exactly time efficient

 

Basically the aim here is to achieve mini goals within a time frame that is both realistic and efficient.

Are you S.M.A.R.T?

After reading this article most likely the short term answer will be no. But as with anything: time, dedication and resources will inevitably yield success. And as always implementation is key! I’ve said it a hundred times before but: you can read articles, attend webinars, hell even hang out with multi million dollar dudes but if you don’t take action…no one will. Action instills change!

And as always… We Rise Together!