Get SMART – Goal setting for beginners

Failing to achieve?
Fed up with setting goals and having them collapse around your ears?
Can’t understand why nothing ever works out according to plan?

You need GOALS – Established, tried and trusted – with added SMART!

8 out of 10 people who tried our established, tried and trusted formula said that it worked for them – NOW make it work for YOU!

What’s that?  You say it hasn’t worked for you in the past – well, always remember that past performance is no indication of future performance – failure to achieve in the past does not equal failure to achieve today, or in the future! – Trust me, goal setting works if you set the right goals, and if you do what you need to do to achieve them!

Let’s have a look at how to set them first of all, because giving yourself a target to shoot for and creating a plan of action to get there just HAS to be a good way to achieve more doesn’t it?     

Set a goal, work towards it, achieve it, set another one -simple. 

But are we setting the right goals though? Do we really have the vision clear enough, so we can see our way forwards to our goal?

Remember! When setting goals, always add SMART! (It’s our secret ingredient that makes them work – all others are just dreams!)

Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Tangible – SMART

Specific – The mind is a funny thing. It has the ability to make us think we know where we’re going, when really all we have is a vague idea. For the purpose of setting goals, we need to as specific as possible. Imagine a plane, for example, setting off from the United Kingdom and travelling to Australia.   Australia’s a pretty big place – it covers approx 7617930 km2.
If the pilot just set course for Australia, they’d have an enormous target, and would be as likely to land in Perth as in Sydney(about 4000Kms apart), either of which would likely be annoying if you were planning on visiting your Aunt in Melbourne. With every goal – the more specific we get, the clearer our direction. In business, ‘I will reduce costs’ is probably not the best goal statement. How much do you want to reduce? Where from? Will you maintain the existing revenue?
The more specific you make the overall goal, the clearer your path to it will be.

Measurable – If we can measure a goal we can track it. Each little step towards completion spurs us on to the next one, and helps to keep us on track to the ultimate goal. If we consider the pilot on his way from London to Sydney, a small variation in course would mean a huge difference at the end if it wasn’t corrected. We can track things in lots of different ways. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just enough so we can track our progress. If your goal is to increase production from 50 to 100 units a month in 5 Months, you have an easy tracking mechanism – to move from 50 to 60, 60 to 70 etc. If you then go off track and do not reach these milestones, you can reconsider your action plan and take steps to correct the error or rejig the target date.

Achievable – Can you do it? Note, the question is not ‘Will it be easy to achieve?’ Goals should stretch us ; challenge us to do and achieve more. They should always be achievable though, which means thinking carefully about the timescales we put on them and factors which might stop us from reaching the goal. If you can put an action plan in place, then the goal is probably achievable – as long as that action plan is.

Realistic – Goals must be set so that they are worthwhile and desirable for us to achieve. If they are not, then they are not very realistic. Why would we want to put all our effort into achieving a goal that we are not motivated to achieve? We wouldn’t, so goals that don’t motivate us are often just not realistic. It is for this reason that sometimes bigger goals are easier than small goals. Because they motivate us more they are more realistic, They create the desire to go out and do it!

Tangible – Tangibility is about being able to ‘feel’ a goal. Can you see the result? Hear it? Smell, touch or taste it?  Have you ever noticed what happens when you imagine your favourite food? The smell, the image of it on a plate, the delicious taste! Your mouth starts to water and you want that food even more? Try doing this with goals – how will it feel to have completed the goal? What will it change for you? Can you visualise it? How much more do you want it now?  Often, the actual goal is intangible. It is a change we want to make in ourselves. In that case, find a tangible way to measure it – to know that you are moving toward it and achieving.

If we can do all of this, we have set a SMART goal. Now all you have to do is put the effort in and you’re well on the way to achieving more than you ever thought possible.

“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” – Yogi Berra

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A professional speaker focused on helping people get more out of their day; for themselves and their companies.
I help people get things done by helping them realise that all the knowledge in the world will do absolutely NOTHING for them - if they don’t use it.
I want to change the world, and getting the right people in the right place is only the start. In todays world it is so, so easy to get pulled into doing all the wrong things. I help people figure out what the right and wrong things are and make sure their energies are focused in the right place.
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