Let’s talk goals!
I think we all think we know why we need goals, how to create them, and how to stick to them, but in reality, that’s just not the case.
Goals are tricky. Until you learn the SMART method. This changed everything for me! And it’s going to change everything for you, too.
I think it’s good to have HUGE, life-changing goals, and then create smaller, baby-step goals that will help you get to that huge audacious goal. This helps you with the overwhelm while also creating an actionable game plan to help you get there.
Create your goals using the SMART method
You may have heard of this method, and even tried it a few times on your own, but I’m going to help you totally rock your goals like a boss this
I’m a huge believer in always setting goals, celebrating when we reach those goals, and then setting more goals.
“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it” ~ Wolf of the Wall Street
S – SPECIFIC
First, you must really get specific about what you want.
For example, you can’t just say I want to lose weight. Instead say, I want to lose x amount of weight.
Another example of not being specific enough would be saying I want to find a new job. Instead say, I want a job with these specific qualities (and then list them out).
I feel like this is what happens to so many of us with our New Year’s Resolutions. We wake up January 1st and say, this year I’m going to get healthy or this year I’m going to find my dream job without a clear path as to how to get there. It won’t just happen because you speak it. You have to get specific with what exactly it is you want.
M – MEASURABLE
In order to know
if when you’re rocking your goals, you need a way to
measure it, right? So now take what you decided on above and find a way to measure it. It could be time, amount, a feeling, etc…
For example, you decided you want to lose 30 pounds (specific), now give yourself a time frame. Maybe it could be I will lose 30 pounds in 3 months (measurable).
Another example would be, I will find a new job that allows me the freedom to work from home (specific) by the end of the year (measurable).
A – ATTAINABLE
Don’t discourage yourself by picking a goal that is well beyond your reach. You want it to make you work for it, but definitely be something you can attain.
For example, in the weight loss example above, saying you will lose 30 pounds in 1 month is just not attainable. Don’t do that to yourself!
R – RELEVANT
Your goal needs to be relevant to your overall BIG goal.
For example, it would be silly to make a goal to keep your house clean every day if your BIG goal was to become an entrepreneur. It just doesn’t align together.
Every goal needs a deadline. This helps to give us a timeframe so that we can prioritize our goal and figure out what we need to accomplish when.
For example, I want to lose 30 pounds in 3 months. You wouldn’t just lollygag the first two months and expect to lose all 30 pounds in the last month. No. You would mentally decide, ok, that is about 10 pounds per month or roughly 2.5 pounds per week. This also helps tie in the measurable aspect of the SMART goal by allowing you to use the amount of weight loss as your guide to know if you are on track.
“If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.” ~ Les Brown
So, are you ready to go out there and make a new SMART goal?
To help you, I’ve made a SMART goal workbook. Just click the button below to download.
Don’t forget to come back here and let us know what your goal is! We’d love to cheer you on!