One of the best ways to guarantee goal-setting success is to ensure that each of your goals or New Year’s resolutions fits the SMART formula. If your good intentions and goals have fallen by the wayside one month into the new year, they more than likely weren’t SMART.
SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. When your goals have these characteristics, you are much likelier to achieve them.
Setting short term, medium-term, and long term goals for yourself is the key to success in your life. If there are things that you want to achieve or ways that you want to grow, setting goals as stepping stones is an integral part of getting there.
1. SMART goals are specific. This means that your goal should be numbers-based, or have a specific goal in mind. A smart goal may be “Go from 75 kilos to 65 kilos,” or “Complete downward dog in yoga without bending my knees.” Both are specific goals without any vague phrasing left open to interpretation.
* The more specific your goals are, the clearer it will be when you finally achieve them.
* Break your large goals into smaller short-term and medium-term goals, with each smaller goal phrased just as specifically in order for them to be attainable and achievable.
2. SMART goals are measurable. This is another reason why smart goals are numbers based. To know whether or not you achieved a goal, you must be able to measure your progress. SMART goals are goals that you can track and measure that have a clear end or point of attainment.
* Being able to measure your progress is important in goal setting and goal achievement. It helps you determine whether or not you’re moving in the right direction since you can track and measure both positive and negative progress along the way.
3. SMART goals are attainable. Smart goals are goals that you can actually attain. They’re not extremely farfetched goals like “Lose 50 kilos in 90 days,” because if there’s no way to achieve the goal, why set it? SMART goals are goals that you’re physically and mentally capable of achieving.
4. SMART goals are realistic. SMART goals are not only attainable, but they are realistically attainable. They are a combination between a specific achievement that you can reach and a time frame that realistically coordinates with that achievement.
* For that reason, a SMART goal would be “Lose 10 kilos in 90 days,” for a healthy weight loss of 0.5 to 1 kg per week, rather than “Lose 10 kilos this week.”
5. SMART goals are timely. Smart goals have time frames, and realistic ones at that. When you put a realistic time frame on your goal, it gives you something to work for. To “Lose 10 kilos,” without a time frame lacks motivation. “Lose 10 kilos by my birthday” has a realistic time frame that gives you something to work for and a date for completion.
Setting SMART goals is the best way to guarantee success in setting and achieving goals for what you want in life. By setting goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely, you can and will achieve the success you deserve!
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Sam is the founder of Small and Mighty Co. A transformational coaching business and marketing consultancy specialising in supporting small and mighty creatives grow with confidence and achieve their dreams, in business and beyond.
An accredited NLP Practitioner Sam’s specialities include mindset, motivation, marketing and modern-day consumer behaviour and is well known across the small business industry for her savvy straight-talking advice; with regular speaking appearances at major events across the UK and features on the BBC and Channel 5 News.