New Years Day is just around the corner and I’m sure that you like me have already begun to measure your productivity or lack of productivity against the goals that you set out to accomplish in 2015. To make sure we measure up to or intentions for 2016 I’ve put together this post “Five things to remember when setting “SMART” goals.”
It may surprise you to know that most people give up on goals they’ve set after just seven days. Just seven days you say. Yes, only seven days. There are many reasons why we don’t achieve our goals and one of them is because we must be taught how to set and achieve goals.
Be aware that the two different parts of our brain will cause us to achieve or not to achieve our goals. Once we recognize that our conscious mind (the part that lets us choose) and subconscious mind (the part that tells our mind where to go and what to do) plays a huge role in accomplishing our goals. There are also a few action steps that we must take to reach our goals. We must start to dream again and we must be willing to let go of any past failures.
We need to set bigger goals and trust our imagination and our excitement to direct our sub-conscious mind to attain those goals and dreams.
The how to achieve our goals is not an issue, but first we must become clear on what we want and why. In addition, we must let go of past failures and instead focus on what we want.
5 Things Required when Setting “SMART” goals
S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for Specific – Measurable – Achievable – Results focused and – Time Bound.
- Specific―your goals must identify exactly what you want to accomplish in as much specificity as you can dig up. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:
- Who: Who is involved?
- What: What do I want to accomplish?
- Where: Identify a location.
- When: Establish a time frame.
- Which: Identify the requirements and constraints (the obstacles that could stop you).
- Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
- Measurable―You want to know absolutely, positively whether or not you hit the goal. Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress towards the attainment of each goal you set. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement. To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?
- Achievable―or attainable. When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals. You can attain almost any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.Your goals should stretch you outside of your comfort zone but not kill you.
- Results-focused―relevant and or realistic to the goal you are setting. Our goals must represent an objective toward which we are both willing and able to work. A goal can be high and still be realistic; we are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because the low goal requires little motivational force. Some of the hardest tasks you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were tasks
- Time Bound―and or Tangible (when a goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing). Simply put, as Napoleon Hill says, every goal needs a date associated with it if not it is just a dream. There is magic in having a definite date of completion.
Simply commit to the process, stay excited, remain focused, be persistent, use your imagination and take action.
Finally, remember to celebrate your wins even the little ones. When we celebrate reaching our milestones, we stay emotionally engaged for the long haul. Celebrating your wins tells your subconscious mind that we have won and that it is ok to win again. By celebrating we set up a pattern for our mind and whatever you can see and believe, you can then achieve.
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