If you ask most people what is their one major objective in life, they would probably give you a vague answer, such as, “I want to be successful, be happy, make a good living,” and that is it. They are all wishes and none of them are clear goals. What everyone needs in order to succeed is SMART goals! Follow the SMART goals guidelines, and you’ll be on your way to accomplishing more than you ever thought possible.
SMART Goals Guidelines:
1. S–specific. For example, “I want to lose weight.” This is wishful thinking. It becomes a goal when I pin myself down to “I will lose 10 pounds in 90 days.”
2. M–must be measurable. If we cannot measure it, we cannot accomplish it. Measurement is a way of monitoring our progress.
3. A–must be achievable. Achievable means that it should be out of reach enough to be challenging, but it should not be out of sight, otherwise it becomes disheartening.
4. R–realistic. A person who wants to lose 50 pounds in 30 days is being unrealistic.
5. T–time-bound. There should be a starting date and a finishing date.
What are some of your SMART goals? Need more tips? Here’s Forbe’s 4 Simple Goal Setting Ideas for 2015. Have feedback you’d like to share? I welcome all comments.