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Goals! We all have them. We all have a love-hate relationship with them. But they are what gets us where we need to be in life.
A lot of people start their goals at the beginning of the year as a new year resolution. Some people start them whenever they come to mind.
It all depends on what the goal is, why you want to reach the goal, and how long it’s going to take to get there.
We have all heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals at some point in our lives. it stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely.
Following this basic guideline really helps to achieve our goals in a way that is not too stressful or out of reach.
S.M.A.R.T. Goals Method
I will briefly explain what each of these steps includes.
- You should have a specific goal in mind. If you want to lose weight, try to come up with an actual number you are trying to achieve whether it’s inches or pounds. Or the size of clothing you want to fit in to. The more specific the goal is, the easier it is to visualize and see the steps you need to take to achieve it. You should be able to answer all the “W” questions of who, what, where, and why.
- This goes into the specific part a bit because you want your goal to be measurable somehow. Whether it’s by time, pounds, days, whatever it is. it should be measurable so that you track it better too. If you want to do something in a certain amount of time you can track how many days you have. If you want to get to a certain amount of something, you can track how much you need.
- Don’t make your goals too outlandish that you can’t even achieve them. Try to stay simple and small if at all possible so that you know you can reach it. Make it realistic and make sure you have the resources available to complete all the steps.
- Make sure the goal is something you really want and that feels worthwhile. The goal should match who you are and where you are in your life. It shouldn’t interfere negatively with anything around you and should feel natural.
- You need to know when you want to achieve your goal. Deadlines help us to feel more motivated and driven to get things done. It can also help to break up the goal into smaller time frames. Say you want a goal done in 6 months. Try to break it up by month to see what you need to get done to reach the 6-month goal.
These are fairly easy steps to follow when planning your goals. You should be able to sit down and write out an answer for each part of the goal.
Then I would recommend writing down each individual step and milestone along the way so you can track your progress and your success.
Start small if you feel like a goal is overwhelming. Having the individual milestones within one large goal can help you feel like you are on the right track and you get to celebrate mini victories on your way to one big triumphant goal.
Once you have reached your goal you should take the time to really acknowledge all that you have done and what you accomplished.
Document the win and write about how it makes you feel to get where you are now.
Did you learn anything new on your journey or discover new ways to do things?
I created this super easy-to-follow worksheet for you to print out and use to plan your goals. It has a section for the S.M.A.R.T. attributes, the steps to reach your goal, an affirmation for your goal, and a way to reflect on reaching your goal.
Have fun with it and try not to stress too much. The whole point of this process is to make it easier to achieve your goals and make you feel confident that you can.