Be SMART About Setting Your Goals
In my last blog post I talk about implementing your own Massive Right Action System. If you know and understand how to set SMART goals, you will be virtually unstoppable in business and in your personal life. Most of us don’t set goals at all.
The idea of setting goals takes a bit of planning and I must say it can be tough but nonetheless if you want lasting success you must implement a plan. As the old saying goes “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
That’s why we have the SMART method for setting goals. SMART means that a goal should be:
So here is my question … Is your goal SMART ? If not then it will be virtually impossible to implement your Massive Right Action System. Enough with the negative talk, let’s dig a little deeper into each of the attributes of a SMART Goal.
You Must Be Specific In Your Goal
First of all being specific helps you get laser focused on the how of reaching your goals. Here is an example; start by creating a statement that explains what you’ll do. Use the phrase ‘I will’. Now, ask yourself the what, why and how of this goal to define it. Make it as detailed as possible. This will help you generate the sub-goals and steps that you need to take to get there.
There Must Be A Way To Measure
I see people make goals all the time, but there needs to be a way to know if you are closer to your goal. The only way to know this is to have some sort of measurement. If we are talking about money, choose a specific dollar amount you would like to be making monthly, quarterly or yearly. The great thing about making goals measurable is that you can easily see your progress and this keeps you motivated to work on it.
The Goal Must Have An Action Related To It
Now that you have defined your goals and you know how to measure if you are hitting or missing your goals, you need to define actions or they will never be attained. The key to this is breaking your goals down into smaller goals, and then specific actions you can take to make them happen. Think about things you can do today that will bring you closer to achieving your goal. Also plan actions you can take when things don’t go as planned. Yes sometimes we don’t hit our goals but normally that happens because our actions were not congruent with our stated goals. If I stated that my goal is to have 5,000 per month there MUST BE ACTIONS related to that defined goal. During the course of working your way toward your goal’s attainment, set aside time to reflect on your actions and assess the results. If you’re not getting the results you want, make the necessary changes.
It Must Be Realistic To You
Goals only work when they’re realistic. What this really means is that you can see the big picture of what you need to do. Ask yourself whether or not this goal is something you can do – or even want to do. Take some time to think about your strengths and weaknesses. Which parts are going to be easy and which will be challenging? Develop a plan for the challenges you’re going to face.
It Must Have An Ending
Set up a detailed timeframe for when your goal and all of your sub-goals are going to be achieved. Since this is hard to estimate if you’ve never done it before, make the best guess possible and change your timeframe slightly if you need to. We often find that it takes longer than we planned. However, you need to have a definite deadline to add urgency to it.
I like to use a tool called a mind map. This allows me to visually see my goals and all of my sub-goals. The one I recommend is Xmind. You can download a free copy from Xmind.com.
In summation, if you want to blow this year out of the water decide to setup some SMART goals today.
I would love to hear your feedback and hear more about your Smart Goals and how they are going …. Please feel free to leave a comment below …