“Tyler, is it really that important to set goals?”
So you have decided to make a change, but you are afraid you might fall short like you have in the past. It is time to get S.M.A.R.T when it comes to goal setting. S.M.A.R.T stands for specific, measurable/meaningful, action/attainable, relevant/realistic, and timely. The S.M.A.R.T method has been used by corporations, small businesses, elite athletes, and the little guy like myself. Whenever I don’t reach a goal, I usually can trace it back to not making S.M.A.R.T decisions or as I like to call it being “DUMB” (a “Deliberate, Unmotivated, Mindless, Bonehead”) Ok, I just made that up…it is a work in progress.
Let’s breakdown each letter in the S.M.A.R.T acronym.
S: Specific. This is where you ask yourself what exactly you want to achieve. The more specific it is, the more likely it will happen. The big question to ask yourself is “WHY”. Why do I want this? Finding the why makes it personal. When something is personal it is better driven. So ask yourself “Why?”
M: Meaningful/Measurable. Making it meaningful can easily come from the “why” question. If it is personal, it is meaningful. Measurable goals mean a way of tracking your progress. Be sure to set dates, times, or distance to help keep you on track. Setting and defining physical manifestations of your goal or objective will make it easier to reach.
A: Action/Attainable. It is important to develop an attitude and determination that this can and will be done. Set yourself up for success and build an environment around you that will get you to your goals. Put your ideas into action and watch what happens.
R: Relevant/Realistic. “Shoot for the moon; even if you miss it, you’ll land amongst the stars.” Ok, true enough statement, but make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. Are you ready to do what it takes to make this goal happen?
T: Timely. When you have deadlines that is usually when action takes place. So take that advice, set deadlines for goals, and make it happen. Make sure the deadline is realistic or you will only beat yourself up if you fall short.
Below is a nice little flow chart by yours truly for you visual learners. (yeah, don’t mind those little boxes on the right. I couldn’t make them disappear. Stubborn little guys.)
So my big goal for today was to get this blog done. Let’s use the S.M.A.R.T method and see how well this works.
Specific: My Blog for “Be Awesome Productions”.
Meaningful: Yes! It is very important for me to write for my readers.
Attainable/Action: Get off Facebook and started writing. STAY FOCUSED!
Timely: 3-6 hours (Actually more because making this flow chart took forever!)
Even something as simple as writing a blog can benefit from using the S.M.A.R.T method. I highly recommend using it for all of your future goals. Before you know it, great things will take place, your goals will become reality, and more AWESOME version of you is created. Honestly, that is just exciting.
Give the S.M.A.R.T method a try and remember to start small so you don’t get overwhelmed. For more great reads on goals, check out these past articles;
Top 5: Situations where I was D.U.M.B
- A few of my past girlfriends
- That time I rode my BMX bike off a deck (broken wrist #1)
- Saying yes to everything. It is still a work in progress. The power of No is a great skill
- Eating a whole pizza, a pint of ice cream, a bag of cheddar and sour creams chips, and drinking 2 liters of soda (I have weak moments too)
- Insert a night that involved too much alcohol