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How to Create SMART Goals

Updated: Sep 1, 2023

What you will get from this article:

  • Understand why goals are important

  • The 5 Principle of S.M.A.R.T. goals

  • Tips on goal accomplishing

A major key to obtaining success is setting goals. I mean, how are you to know where you stand, with no markers? On your road to success, setting goals is like following the yellow bricks. Get it, follow the yellow brick road? aha. With that being said, where are you headed, What's your destination, when do you plan to arrive?

First Thing First

Visualize: What do you want to do? Imagine, it's done. If your goal is to lose weight, imagine yourself 10 lbs lighter. How do you feel? How do you look? What are you wearing? I bet you're dripping sauce... kmsl. If your goal is to speak in front of a crowd, imagine yourself standing on stage, you have everyone's attention as you deliver your bomb ass speech. How did it feel? I bet you done an amazing job. Visualizing your goals either lights your spark or fuel your fire. What will it do for you?

Define Why: How will this goal help you advance? Do you need to lose 10 lbs to fit into your superhero costume, or to get a role in a play? Your why… is a big deal. It’s looking at the end results (the big picture), when you really want to say, “Fuck it, fuck it all”.

S.M.A.R.T Goals

When setting goals you want to make sure they are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely.

S - specific, significant, stretching

What do you want to achieve? 'I will be a millionaire' is okay, but 'I want to make 45,000 a month from my online business.' is better. The more specific you are about your vision, the more likely you are to achieve it.

Questions you may ask yourself when setting your goals and objectives are:

What exactly do I want to achieve?

Where?

How?

When?

With whom?

What are the conditions and limitations?

Why exactly do I want to reach this goal?

What are possible alternative ways of achieving the same?

M - measurable, meaningful, motivational

What do you want? A measurable goal is clear and defined. For example, having a goal, "To travel" is neither clear or defined. A goal, "To book bi-monthly trips to Croatia, Prague, Malta, Italy, Amsterdam, and Spain by the end of December and collect my stamps

." is a measurable goal.

A - attainable, achievable, action-oriented

How will you make it happen? Do you have a passport? Do you have funds? Will you be catching a flight, riding the bus, or driving?

R - relevant, realistic, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented

Do you have resources, time, and knowledge to plan this alone? Can you use a travel agent, a recommendation, brochures?

T - timely, time-based, time-bound, tangible, traceable

For the goal above, December 31, 2018, is the deadline.

Note to self: My time is a commodity. So, spend it wisely.

Your goals should reflect the lifestyle you aim to achieve. As you complete your goals, more will surface. It's a natural high following your heart and doing what you want, as you please, having the power to create. What to do now?

Now that you know how to create SMART goals, find a pen and paper, and write down 4 goals. Make sure your goals are specific, measurable. attainable, relevant, and timely.

Tips:

Creating a Vision board, speaking affirmations, and writing in a journal are all great methods to stay motivated and on top of your goals.

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