Have you hear of SMART GOALS
Have you used SMART goals in your business before?
SMART goals are a set of criteria to apply to your goals. SMART is an acronym forSpecific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time Bound.
So rather than just setting goals without boundaries, using SMART goals ensures that you have set your goals in a way that will help you achieve success!
So what does S.M.A.R.T. mean exactly?
Specific: Goals need to be specific. Often we set goals that are not clearly defined, it’s nearly impossible to judge whether we hit them or not. For example, a statement like “I will lose weight” is too vague. How will you know if and when you’ve reached your goal? Saying, ” I will lose 3 kilos this month” is more specific. At the end of the month it will be a simple matter of weights and measures: take your measurements and get on the scale.
Measurable: Goals need to be measurable. For example, many of us want to increase our number of leads. But, “generate more leads” is an ambiguous statement. A clearer objective is “I will generate 5-10 leads per day.” It’s a simple, concrete goal. This makes it easy to see if you hit your target.
Achievable: Goals need to be reasonable and achievable. Nearly everyone has tried to lose a few inches at one time or another. Often their success or failure depends on setting practical goals. Dropping 3 dress sizes in 30 days is unrealistic. Losing 3 or 4 kilos in 30 days is reasonable. Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting goals that are out of reach.
Realistic: Goals need to be realistic. When we’re kids we think we can do anything. As adults we learn that while we can have a lot, we can’t have it all at the same time. It’s important to honestly evaluate yourself. Do you have the ability and commitment to make your dream come true? Or does it need a little adjustment? For example, you may be a great golfer but do you have the drive and commitment to become a pro? Be honest.
Time Bound: Goals need to have a time frame. Having a set amount of time will give your goals structure. For example, many of us want to find a new job or start our own business. Some people spend a lot of time talking about what they want to do, someday. But, without an end date there is no sense of urgency, no reason to take any action today. Having a specific time frame gives you the impetus to get started. It also helps you monitor your progress.
Whenever you’re goal setting – use SMART goals as a guide. Does you goal fit the criteria? This will ensure that your goal is a positive thing for you and you’re not just setting yourself up for failure!
Is your goal S.M.A.R.T.? Use this checklist to see if complies:
You will get used to using SMART goals whenever you are goal setting – quickly run through the checklist and see if it fits!