Being able to set goals for yourself is great and tough at the same time. People commonly like to set goals for everything, things like sports, education, and in the workplace. A lot of times individuals will set goals but not necessarily follow through with these goals. This happens most of the time because they are not following this very effective method. This very effective method is known as “SMART”. Since I was in grade 5, “SMART” goals have been apart of me. I have just finished highschool and to this day I continue to use this method to benefit myself.
Now let's get into what SMART GOALS are all about!
S - Specific
The goal you choose to follow through with must be well defined and clear
Goals that are vague will not be as effective
M - Measurable
Is your goal Measurable?
Having the ability to track your progress
Including dates, when you plan on reaching certain points of your goal
A - Attainable
Is you goal Attainable?
The goal you are setting must be a goal you believe you will achieve
It has to be a goal that you are ready to commit to
It’s better to set more realistic and challenging goals rather than easy and simple goals
R - Relevant
Is your goal Relevant?
Your goal must be somewhat relevant to you or else it just won't work
Plan to achieve a goal that has meaning to you and your future
Why do you want to reach this goal?
What is the objective behind the goal?
Will this goal really achieve that objective?
T - Timely
When are you going to accomplish your goal?
Goals must have a deadline
Deadlines are what push people to act
A couple of things that need to be mentioned before the goal setting begin;
Setting effective goals do take time, commitment, and effort
In order to follow through with these goals, realize that there is a process one must commit to
Reaching goals aren't completely easy and they do take time
This method is known and commonly used by many people for many different things. It is such and effective way to set goals and I completely recommend it!