Setting goals is such an integral part of self-improvement. They can help you envision your future and allow you to better yourself in an intentional way. Today I will be sharing in short, what a SMART goal is, and the important elements of making your Goals SMART.
To start with, "SMART" is a mnemonic acronym, meaning "Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timebound", and is a popular method organising goals with clear targets. Making your goals SMART can also help you structure the goal into your life and give a more detailed idea of how to achieve it and a sense of direction.
SPECIFIC: to ensure that you feel motivated to and have a full understanding of your goal, it needs to be specific. This makes it clearer in your mind and less easy to change or dismiss. Some important questions to test if your goal is specific are;
What is the goal?
Why do I have this goal?
What is the significance of this goal?
Is this goal detailed?
MEASURABLE: setting measurable goals allows you to track your progress, and know exactly when your goal is met. This can aid you in keeping on track and prevent procrastination. In can also help you decipher between short and long term goals, and how much attention you need to give this skill or project to complete it. Ask yourself;
Is this a short or long term goal?
Should I put in place milestones or rewards on the way to meeting these goals?
Is there a date that I want to complete this goal by?
ACHIEVABLE: this means that the goal is within your means and your skillset. You should be able to complete your goal within the limits around you, otherwise, success is not likely. A question to consider is;
Do I have the resources and skillset to reach this goal?
REALISTIC: similar to Achievable, it is vital that your goal is realistic, otherwise, despite your hard work, you'll never achieve it. Considering all the previous factors, you need to ensure that achieving this goal will still be realistic, otherwise, it will be difficult to succeed. Ask yourself;
How much time do I need to commit to achieving this goal?
Am I okay to spend this much time working towards this goal?
Setting yourself a deadline will aid you in achieving your goal, and encourage you to get started, rather than procrastinate. Giving yourself constraints also enforces discipline, so that you can continue and stay on track. Things to consider are;
When must this goal be achieved?
What is the significance of this time, and what will prevent me from extending the deadline?
If you are using the Master Mindset Diary, it is recommended to consider setting SMART goals for yourself, so that it is easier to track your goals on the check-in pages in January and April. These pages give you the space to reflect on your goals, so you can use these pages to collate your long term goals, and if necessary, revise them.
With the space provided in the Master Mindset Diary, you can set SMART goals for different segments of your life, and start making improvements strategically. For more information about the Diary, click here.