I'm so excited to talk to you about today's concept. If you're not familiar with it, this might just change your idea of goal setting. Resolutions usually seem like such an abstract thing. Of course, we all want to do better and make changes that will lead to self-improvements. But sometimes, these hopes fizzle out and become all talk, with no action. Using and setting SMART goals can stop this pattern. Let me show you what this acronym stands for and how you can put it into practice.
I’ve talked about this a few times already. Being specific is crucial for goal success. I want to go a little further and talk about what goes into setting specific goals. Answering some questions can ensure you're writing strong goals. Include such aspects as "what", "why", "when" and "how" into your goal, and you're sure to create something specific.
The next letter stands for "measurable." This means that you should be able to somehow obtain solid evidence that you're making progress toward your goal and that you'll know when you've finally reached it.
You must be able to attain this goal. Yes, a challenge is great, and no goal should be so easy that you don't feel stretched beyond your comfort zone. But, taking time to make sure you have the ability, the knowledge, and the resources to accomplish your goal is crucial to sticking with it. Impossible goals aren't very motivating.
This part of setting your SMART goal is making sure your resolution is something that is meaningful to you. If it's not relevant to your life, it won't matter much to you whether you can accomplish it. Meaningless goals are destined to fail. There are lots of reasons you may create such resolutions. Maybe you feel pressured by a loved one. Maybe it's your own internal voice telling you that you "should" want something that really isn't all that important to you. Take time to see the reasons behind your goal to ensure it's one worth chasing.
Finally, your goal should be time-bound. There needs to be an end or a way to know you've accomplished it. A date or a deadline gives you something to shoot for. It adds a bit of urgency tends to keep you on track. Setting an end time will help in the other steps of goal setting such as measurement and specificity.
These are the components of what's known as SMART goals. Hopefully, these guidelines will make setting your own resolutions easier and more attainable.
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