Setting S-M-A-R-T Goals
By Michael Angier
Goal setting is a skill, and unfortunately, it's not something that's
usually taught in school. Studies have shown that less than three percent
of people actually write their goals down. And it's this same three
percent who accomplish more than all the others put together.
If you want to get better at setting and achieving goals, here's an
acronym that will help you focus and have more success reaching your
objectives. Set SMART goals.
SMART stands for:
SPECIFIC. Achieving goals demands focus. Our mind needs specific
targets to work effectively. It can't operate well with vague
generalities. State exactly what you wish to accomplish.
MEASURABLE. Many people set goals they'll never know whether or
not they've attained. "To be successful--to be more
knowledgeable," aren't goals because there's no benchmark. Be sure to
have measurable goals with a deadline.
ACTION-ORIENTED. It's much easier to measure things being done.
What are the action-steps you'll take in the process of achieving your
REALISTIC. This is your call. What's realistic to you may not be
to someone else. Your objective has to be within the realm of YOUR
believability. If you can't envision yourself doing it, you won't.
TIMELY. A goal must have a target date. If you desire to make a
million dollars, but don't set the timeline for it, it won't be
motivating. A deadline too far in the future is too easily put off. A goal
that's set too close is not only unrealistic, it's discouraging.
If you keep these things in mind as you plan your goals, you'll meet
with more success and have more fun doing so.
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