If You’re Serious About Setting Goals and
Achieving Them, Try Setting SMART Goals
You’ve probably heard the term SMART goals. What does it actually mean? And, more importantly, what does it have to do with you achieving the success that you want?
It acts as a goal setting worksheet and it can help you structure your thinking about what you really want to accomplish with your goal.
The Biggest Problem with Goal Setting
Although setting and achieving goals is actually a spiritual healing practice (you might not have realized this, but it’s true), most people do not take the time and effort to think about, create, and work on tangible goals. They have dreams of what they want, but they don’t do anything to make them a reality. You really can manifest many of your dreams, and using a SMART goals template can help you do just that.
What Does It Actually Mean?
The acronym SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Let’s go into further detail about each aspect so you can understand what they mean.
The Specific Aspect of Smart Goals
Decisions, decisions. This is where most people get stuck. In order to achieve a goal, you have to know what it is. And many people are afraid to commit to a specific goal. (I know you’re not one of them, right?)
For this goal setting exercise, let’s use the example of getting a new job. The first step in this process is to determine exactly what type of job you want to have. You need to consider what some of the responsibilities are, what salary you want to be paid, whether it is full-time or part-time position, and where it is located. These are just a few of the things that you need to think about when you are working with this aspect of SMART goals.
The Attainable Aspect of SMART Goals
I absolutely believe you can attain almost any goal that you set your mind to. However, YOU must believe that you can actually attain it. Let’s say that you are currently employed in a mid-level professional capacity and your goal is to be a senior manager. Is it possible to jump to this level in one move? I think so, because I’ve seen stranger things happen.
It doesn’t matter what I think is possible. What matters is what you think is possible. You want your subconscious mind power to be in alignment with your conscious mind power. Otherwise your subconscious mind will constantly tell you, “You’re crazy. There is no way that you can get a job which is so much higher than the one you are in now.” Don’t spend time arguing with yourself. Set a goal that you believe you can actually attain.
The Relevant Aspect of SMART Goals
Sometimes people set goals because they feel they should. They don’t really want to set the goal, but they think it is expected of them.
Going back to our job hunting example, are you setting this goal because you’ve been in your current job for a long time and you think you move to something better? Or are you really interested in working in a different position?
Using goals can help you get what you want, but you really have to want the goal if you have any hopes of achieving it. Ask yourself why you want to achieve the goal. What are the benefits to you? Achievement and motivation, which are necessary to complete a goal, start with knowing why you want to achieve it in the first place.
The Time-Bound Aspect of SMART Goals
There is an old saying regarding setting goals and achieving them. If you don’t put a date on them, they aren’t goals, they are just wishful dreams. Not putting a date on a goal means that you aren’t really serious.
Establish a date when you want to complete your goal. Make sure you believe that you can do it by this date. (Remember the attainable aspect of SMART goals?) If you honestly don’t think you can reach your goal by the date you’ve set, move the date further out into the future.
One special note – even though you’ve created a goal setting plan, things change. You might have to adjust your expected date of completion depending upon outside conditions. Don’t worry about it. If you need to adjust the date, then do it.
Working With Your SMART Goals Template
Using this goal setting method is a concrete way to take your dreams and begin to make them a reality. Don’t just write down your plan, put the paper in a drawer somewhere, and forget about it. Refer to it on a regular basis. Make changes when necessary and keep moving forward.
If you are willing to do this, then you might find that your goals are achieved faster than you ever thought possible.
Brian Tracey is one of my favorite experts on goal setting. He presents his information in an interesting style and he gives you great tips to use. I have learned a lot about goal setting from his material. You might want to check it out too!Subscribe to Spirituality Seekers Newsletter and
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