Goal setting is not something that came very naturally to me. I was never one to write down my dreams or have huge plans written out for the future. Which now that I think about it is probably why in my earlier years most of my plans didn’t go… well, as planned. But I think I can finally say I have learned to set goals, make plans (and follow the plan) if I want things to work out in my favor.
How to set goals:
By making sure all your goals are SMART goals. If you’ve never heard of a SMART goal it is a goal that follows these guidelines. The goal must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound.
Say Mary decides this year she is going to lose weight. So she goes to the store and buys healthy food and sets her alarm to wake up early and workout. How many days do you think she is going to skip the donut before she gives in? Probably not many. Because there wasn’t a plan or a way to get from point A (the weight she is now,) to point B (the weight she wants to reach.)
But let’s look at it a different way. What if Mary sat down and made her goal a SMART goal.
As you can see by using SMART goals Mary has an actual plan to get to where she wants to be. She knows not only what her goal is but exactly how she is going to take that goal and make it happen. If she sticks to the plan she made there is no reason she wouldn’t reach that goal.
So the next time you are setting goals for yourself don’t just write down what you want to accomplish. Ask yourself if your goal is a SMART goal. If you stick to this method of goal setting you are sure to be on the right track to achieving your goal!
Do you have any tips for goal setting? If so, leave it in the comments below! I would love to hear from you(:
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