08 Sep Focus on what you want (Part 2)
3 Simple Steps for Goal Setting
1. Define your goal – follow the SMART principle
The more specific the goal, the easier it is to focus and see what you are aiming for.
Ask yourself questions such as, when will I achieve it, with whom, doing what, where, how will I know I have achieved it and how do I feel about it?
Make the goal sound as if it has happened.
“It is 30th June 2017 and I have just completed my degree in counselling, which makes me very proud and happy.”
“It is 30th December 2015, I have lost 10 kgs, fit into my favourite dress and I feel fabulous and confident.”
How will you know when you have achieved your goal? How will you measure this? How will you evaluate your success?
Write down a tangible measure of success.
For example, a certain amount of money in your bank account, a specific clothing size, able to run on the treadmill for 10 minutes comfortably etc
Attainable or Actionable
You can attain most goals you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps.
Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach, eventually move closer and become attainable.
Do you have all the resources you need to achieve this goal and what might you need to do to get them?
Could you break the steps down even further, to create smaller goals, so that the overall picture is not too overwhelming?
Realistic or Relevant
To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you, are both willing and able to work.
Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. It must be relevant to what you are trying to achieve
A goal should be grounded within a time frame.
With no time frame tied to it, there is no sense of urgency.
Set a time and a date to achieve your goal or action within a goal
2. Set smaller goals within the larger goal.
This is really important to stay motivated, particularly for larger goals that take a long time to achieve.
It also helps you recognise and celebrate when you’ve made progress.
3. Work through a plan of action.
Write down the actions you will need to take, in order to achieve these smaller goals, and give each of them a timeline to keep you focused and motivated.
Keep them in a place that you can see them. Having them close by will help keep you on track and moving forward.
Give yourself a daily or weekly actionable step to check off your list and help you get a step closer to achieving what YOU want.
Celebrate the progress along the way. Recognise what you have achieved.
If for some reason you do not achieve the goal you set, don’t be too hard on yourself.
Revisit the SMART process, make sure it was specific enough, realistic, really something that YOU want (not someone else) and did you have the resources you needed to achieve it.
Did you create action steps to follow, so the goal did not seem too overwhelming?
Get back on track and try again. Some of the best successes come from a few failed attempts!