Simple Goal Setting – How to Set SMART Goals to Achieve Success

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SMART Goals

The best way to improve your life and to motivate yourself through hardships is to set yourself goals that excite you and take action in achieving them.

Regardless of whether you’re setting yourself professional or personal goals, its easy to struggle to achieve them.Its usually not because of a lack of effort, but rather how your goals are structured.

Every time you set a goal or if you find yourself struggling while working towards a goal, keep in mind the word SMART.

SMART is an acronym to help evaluate and add structure to your goals. SMART stands for:

Specific

Measurable

Actionable

Relevant

Time Bound

Lets break down each section to explain how goal setting, and specifically SMART goals setting can help you set clearer goals that you will actually accomplish.

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Specific

SMART goals begin with asking yourself to the degree to which a goal is specific. This is arguably the most important part of establishing or evaluating a goal. A less specific a goal, the more difficult it is to determine how long a goal will take to complete or how to measure its success.

Consider the difference between these 3 goals.

1. To Get Healthy

2. To Lose Weight

3. To Lose 10 Pounds

The goal to get healthy is much less specific than the goal to lose 10 pounds. The more specific your goal, the more likely you are of achieving it.

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Measurable

The next question is how you can measure how successful you are at achieving your goal. Some goals may be measured by a simple yes or no, such as the goal of climbing a mountain, while other goals are best measured by metrics, such as the goal to lose 10 pounds.

The key to measurement is making sure that in whatever way the goal is measured, it accurately reflects success.

Actionable

Actionable is asking yourself how your will the goal be achieved. What is your action? What actions will you take, specifically, to achieve your goal? Do you have the resources and the capability to achieve success? If not, what are you lacking? Well designed goals come with a  clarity of action. If the actions required to achieve a goal are unclear or there are a lot of actions that need to be taken, you should consider breaking down the goal into manageable, actionable sub-goals.

Relevant

Brain Tracy - Goals - Goal Setting and SMART goalsIn isolation, any single goal is relevant. In life, you most often are in a process of pursuing multiple goals. The common issue you may face is having too many goals at the same time, or pursuing the wrong goals. With this in mind, you need a mechanism to help you monitor goals to make sure you are pursuing your most relevant goals at any given time.

One technique is to consider your goals in order of the effort required against the perceived value of achieving the goal. You will want to focus most of your initial energy in the low effort and high return goals before moving on to the more challenging aspects of your goal.

You can also implement the 80/20 rule. Ask yourself which of the 20% of your goals are going to provide you with 20% of your return.

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Time Sensitive

The next thing you want to consider, is to ensure that your goals are time sensitive. By Including a specific date by which a goal should be accomplished, it helps to provide you with added incentive and allows you to monitor your progress. Consider the 2 goals below:

1. Lose 10 Pounds

2. Lose 10 Pounds in 10 Weeks

Simply by including an element of time, you can now calculate how much you should be losing each week. If after 5 weeks, you’ve only lost 1 pound, you can revisit your action plan.  Be vary of any goals that are open ended, such as the common goal of learning a foreign language, as these are difficult to track.

Its important to reinforce that goal setting is not a single event. Its a constant and ongoing process of action, evaluation, and revision. It is not about lowering goals and standards to ensure success. Its about recognizing that goals need to be dynamic, because life is dynamic.

A goal that is relevant today may not be so tomorrow. When setting yourself SMART goals, stay flexible and motivated by giving yourself time to reevaluate your goals on a regular basis.

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Mehdi KA
Mehdi KA
Mehdi KA is an inspirational blogger and motivational speaker. He has traveled to over 43 countries and enjoys writing as a way to share his experiences and life lessons.
In theImportance.net he shares content that he believes can help people to achieve their goals and live a fulfilling life.

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