Keep Your Eyes on Your S.M.A.R.T. Goals: Create the Perfect Action Plan to Acquire All That You Desire
How many times have you set a goal such as "I want to make more money this year" or "I want to lose weight" and nothing ever changes? We've all been there and it usually comes down to a lack of clarity and in depth planning. It's not enough to say you want to accomplish something, you must set S.M.A.R.T. Goals and create a solid plan of action that takes into account your struggles. The bible states that "Hard work and good planning lead to prosperity." (Proverbs 21:5) God cares about the details, so be strategic when it comes to your purpose.
What does S.M.A.R.T. stand for? Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Bound. Let's take a closer look into how to set S.M.A.R.T. Goals.
S - Specific
Your goal must be specific. Use real numbers with real dates. It's not enough to say 'I want to make more money this year." How much money do you want to make? and what is the deadline for that goal?
Example: I will generate a total of $100,000 in my business by December 31, 2023.
Without real numbers, the goal is just another thing said with no real intention behind it. This also allows for us to measure whether we are on track and successful when it comes to acquiring our goals, which brings us to the next letter.
M - Measurable
The reason a goal must be measurable is because it will tell you if you are moving in the right direction towards achievement or if changes must be made. There is usually some tool that can be used in order to measure your S.M.A.R.T. goal.
Example: I will lose 30 pounds by August 17, 2023.
This goal can be measured using a scale in the metric of pounds. Since August 17th is 3 months away, I know that I must lose 10 pounds a month to reach my goal.
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One thing that is great about the example above is that it is challenging for someone who struggles losing weight, but it is not impossible to accomplish.
A - Attainable
We all want to achieve great things in life, but we want to make sure that the goals we set push us, but are not impossible. For example, If I make a goal to lose 100 pounds by the end of the week, it is very unlikely that that will happen through working out 30 minutes a day, but losing 2 pounds by the end of the week is attainable.
R - Realistic
Your goals must take into account your strengths, weaknesses and have a realistic view of who you are. I'm all for dreaming big and taking leaps of faith. Trust me, if anyone understands it is me, but when goal setting your weaknesses matter. For example I know I struggle with workout discipline, so I create a morning routine to get me up when I do not feel like it. The consistency helps me get in a daily rhythm. If you know you have a procrastination problem, put in a plan to only accomplish 3 things a day, instead of trying to take on 10 tasks a day towards your goal. Yes, it may take longer, but it is better than not reaching the goal at all because you are overwhelmed.
So, when I say be realistic, I am saying to make a goal that pushes you, but also is catered to who you are on your bad days as well. It's okay to start small and build on your goals as you accomplish them.
T - Time Bound
My dad always says, "Busy people need deadlines". Many people put off the things they need to do when they have a laundry list of tasks to get done. A deadline will hold you accountable. Think back to college or high school. If that assignment wasn't completed by the due date, you would get an F on the assignment. Treat your goals the same way, but instead of an F, you get another year of living the same life in the same financial situation you dread. Keeping goals time bound helps with the measurability aspect. You can even add check points in between the deadline to analyze things and see if any changes need to be made to make sure you reach your intended date of achievement.
Don't allow another year to go by where you watch everyone create their dream life as you sit and wish you were living yours. Take your goals seriously. Write the vision and make it plain. List out 3-5 Long term goals and then create short term goals for those long term goals.
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