To me, they’re pretty important. I use them to help track my progress and further myself across all aspects of my life. They keep me accountable.
Although, I suck at sticking to them. I know they’re there but following through can be a little hard sometimes.
I’m sure at least some of you will understand what I’m talking about, yeah?
Setting some goals, sticking them for maybe a week and then you pretty much fall off track and they’re never seen again.
Well, that’s all about to change.
Let me tell you, I’m excited about this and I hope you are too.
but what is a goal?
Wikipedia states that a goal is an idea of the future or the desired result that we envision, plan and commit (or attempt to commit) to achieve. It’s pretty similar to a purpose or aim. In fact, that’s actually how the Cambridge Dictionary defines it.
A goal is an idea of the future or the desired result that we envision, plan and commit to achieve.Wikipedia
why should we set them?
- You can take control of your life. Setting goals allows you to strive towards living the life you want.
- They create accountability. Having goals can help keep you accountable.
- They can motivate you. They give you something to strive for and that can be motivating.
- They create a focus. Everyone will have different goals. They allow us to focus on what we want in life.
let’s set some goals
Grab a notebook and pen and let’s set some goals together!
step one: evaluate your situation & find your why
The first thing we need to do is figure out our strengths and weaknesses. What are you good at? What are you not so good at? How will your past experiences impact your future experiences? What is your current situation and where would you like your future to lead? why do you want to set goals?
Figuring these things out can seem a little silly but it’s important to understand our habits (past and present) in order to gain an understanding of how we can accomplish our goals.
step two: create a vision of your future
Now that we know where we’re currently standing, let’s figure out where we want to stand in the future. This will give you an idea of the goals you may like to create. Create a vision board if you’d like.
step three: set your goals
The goal-setting method I’m going to share with you is called the SMART(ER) goals. You may or may not have heard of this method. And this method may or may not work for you.
SMARTER stands for:
S – specific
M – measurable
A – attainable or actionable
R – relevant
T – time-bound
E – evaluated
R – rewarded
But what do these mean?
S – specific: The more specific your goal is the more likely you’re going to achieve it. Make your goals as precise as possible. An example of this: I want to exercise more could become I want to run three times a week.
M – measurable: Make sure your goals can be tracked. This will help you know whether you’re on track to achieving your goal or not.
A – attainable or actionable: Are you reaching a little too high? Is it possible to actually accomplish your goal? There’s nothing wrong with striving to accomplish something but you don’t want to end up feeling overwhelmed and like a failure if you’re unable to achieve your goal. What actions are you going to take in order to work towards your goal?
R – relevant: Is this goal relevant to you? There is no point in setting a goal for yourself when it’s not relevant to you. Don’t set a goal in order to make someone else happy.
T – time-bound: Setting deadlines can help put off procrastination. Set a deadline for your goal and once you reach that deadline you can choose to continue or set a new goal.
E – evaluated: Your goal needs to be evaluated regularly to make sure that you’re on track and that it’s still relevant to you.
R – rewarded: Setting small rewards and large rewards when you reach particular milestones of your goal may help you stay motivated.
step four: take action
Create a plan. Write down your goals. Start taking the appropriate steps to help you achieve them. Ensure you have the resources you need to accomplish your goal. And don’t be too hard on yourself if you fall off track – just reevaluate your goal(s) and go from there.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s set some goals!