Setting SMARTER Goals
It’s that time a year again to make your resolutions or set goals for the New Year. Usually, you resolve to lose weight, exercise more and eat less. Or you may promise to save more money and spend less. Then some people decide to find a new job and walk away from the old one. Maybe, you want to travel across the country or world. So, you need to set goals. Overall, you set them and then give up a couple of months into the year. Well this year, you will set SMARTER Goals.
What are SMARTER Goals? SMARTER is an acronym for a seven-step process of setting a goal. For your goals to be clear and reachable, each one should be: Specific,Measurable or Meaningful, Achievable, Realistic, Timely, Evaluative, and Revisable. Let’s break it down further.
First, begin with the goal being specific. Think about five W’s: who, what, when, where, and why. If you set a goal that is too general or broad, you will be all over the place. Once you pull from too many directions, it’s a set up for failure. You set a goal to lose weight. Ask yourself and answer the five W’s. Plan it out for success.
Measurable & Achievable
Is the goal measurable? What metric or tool will you use to determine if you meet the goal? How will you track your progress and stay on course? Tracking your progress helps you to stay motivated and achieve timelines. When you think of the word measurable ask how much, how many or how will I know?
Goals must be achievable to be successful. Many will set a very high bar when setting a goal. You want to stretch your mind or abilities, but do not overextend yourself. Think about how you can accomplish your goal. Do you have the necessary resources and support to be successful?
Realistic & Timely
Be realistic! Is the goal relevant to what matters to you? Does setting a particular goal make sense? Are you the right person to complete the tasks ahead of you? A realistic and relevant goal should be worthwhile. It should also be the right time in your life to pursue a new personal or professional journey.
Every goal needs a timeline. Set deadlines to complete action items. How much time will you give yourself to be successful? Do you have a week, six months, one year or 18 months? Be reasonable in determining what you can complete within your timeframe.
Evaluative & Revisable
Evaluate your goals. Set-up a system to check in on your progress. You will have long and short-term goals. It can be easy to forget or ignore the long-term ones. An evaluative process can produce better results in achieving your goals.
Make sure your goals are revisable. You didn’t write them in stone. By consistently evaluating the goals, you can see what’s working well. Consequently, you can also see what needs re-adjusting. Revising doesn’t mean throwing the baby out with the bath water. It means adjusting and trying a different approach.
Whether you want to change your life personally or professionally, creating SMARTER goals can help you to achieve hopes and dreams. Setting goals is a part of life. However, the journey to reach them isn’t always easy. As you prepare for the new year, set goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely, Evaluative, and Revisable.