If you’re like most people, then you’ve probably found yourself having trouble creating a system to accurately accomplish your goals. Sure, most of us know what we want in life, but do we know how to get it? Do we have a sure way of getting there? Perhaps not.
In the midst of such a perdicament lies a method for getting you on the right path. The path to riches if you will. This method can be used in virtually any facet of your life to help you acquire all that you desire. Sounds pretty good, right?
So, what is this method that I speak of?
Well, it’s none other than the act of making S.M.A.R.T. goals.
What are S.M.A.R.T. goals? Well, it’s an acronym used to help you accomplish goals. To get you on the right path. To help give you some solid direction. Because let’s face it… How can you get to where you want if you don’t know how to get there? This is where S.M.A.R.T. goals come in.
Okay, let’s break down this acronym by letter, shall we?
If your goals are not specific then you leave yourself with a clouded destination. Unsure as to where you will truly end up. This isn’t a good idea. Specificity is extremely important when deciding what your goals are because it allows you to have a clear and concise understanding of what you want. This, in turn will allow you to more easily create a path to get there.
Measuring your goals allows you to have a precise understanding of what you want. For example, let’s say your goal is to become a “better swimmer”. This is a very vague goal and cannot be effectively measured. To give yourself a much better chance of accomplishing this goal, try something like “my goal is to improve my time by 5-10 seconds in the 200 m butterfly within 6 months by improving my technique”. This is measurable and specific.
Knowing if the goal you desire to accomplish is actually attainable or not is a huge factor to consider. You have to be objectively honest with yourself. Are there some things out of your control that may make it impossible to accomplish what you want? For example: Are you a 6′ 6” 250 pounder with dreams of being a champion horse jockey one day? You know, things like that. Keep your goals high, but also realistic.
Is your goal relevant to you and your personality? You may want to be a famous pop singer, but do you truly have the demeanor for it? Do you wish to be a teacher because you love helping others learn new things, but find that you have absolutely no patience at all? These are just some examples of why you have to take a look at your own personality to see if you feel as though your heartfelt desires mirror who you are, or perhaps who you wish to be.
Deadlines help to motivate people. There’s no question about that. If someone has a definitive timeline toward a goal that they religiously follow, then they are surely on the road to success. Regardless of if you give yourself 3 months to accomplish your goal or 10 years, giving yourself a realistic amount of time to do so gives you something to work with. A template to which you can map out your plan for success. Doing so will greatly help you bring your goals to fruition.