Setting SMART Goals

  • Specific: when we set specific goals, we avoid generalising. Specific goal setting means that the goals we set are clear, simple, sensible, and to the point, as can be. In specific goal setting, we don’t just say what we want long-term; it is a short-term approach. Here, we are simplistic about where we want to get and open about how exactly we plan to get there. A resource I read online stated, “specific goal setting clarifies the difference between ‘I want to be a millionaire’ and ‘I want to make €50.000 a month for the next ten years by creating a new software product’”.
  • Measurable: in one context or the other, we have all at one point in our lives heard the words “measure of impact” or “measure of success”. Similar to the terms, setting measurable goals refers to outlining/defining precisely what you will see, hear, and feel when you reach your goal. When we set measurable goals, we identify what we want the concrete evidence of our efforts to be at the end of the day.
  • Attainable: The critical question to ask at this stage of SMART goal setting is, “Is it possible to achieve this goal given the situation I am in and the time I have?” If your answer to this question is “yes”, then you have set an attainable goal. If your answer is “no”, that’s a clear sign that you still need to break your goal down into smaller parts. Setting goals that are impossible to achieve given our circumstances put us at the risk of compromising our self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Relevant: Does your goal matter to you? How does it align with your life and higher purpose? How does it compliment the other goals you have? Evaluating the relevance of your goal is how you establish control over them and ensure they make sense to you.
  • Time-Bound: I know we like to call ourselves “procrastinators”, but how I see it is, we are simply “deadline-driven”. That is why it is advisable to set target dates when we set our goals — nothing like a deadline to send you into action. By giving every goal or task on our list a timeline for completion, we can stay motivated to put in the necessary work and keep track of all we do.

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