Write the S.M.A.R.T.E.S.T. Goals of your life
You’ve got to get serious about your goals. Achieving your goals is important. You have to write them well otherwise a year of discouragement and disappointment is in store for you. In a previous post I shared a different take on the famous SMART Goal System. I use the acronym S.M.A.R.T.E.S.T. to explain how I write and attain goals. Here is a little more depth and a few tips.
The goal needs to be clear and concrete. Bad goal = “save more money” Good goal = “Save $1000”. Bad goal = “read more” Good goal = ” Read 12 books in 2017″. Do you see the difference? Don’t say “more” or “get better”. Be specific at what you are working towards. READ MORE ABOUT SPECIFIC GOALS HERE
The goal needs to be measurable in some way or another. The goal has to be measured against something. “Lose 10lbs, Save $2500, Run 5 Miles a day”. This is typically a quantitative number. You need to know whether or not you achieve the goal. That means it needs to be measurable. READ MORE ABOUT MEASURABLE GOALS HERE
The goal has to be attainable. Don’t make the goal so easy that you can do it in a few minutes. Don’t bite off more than you can chew and become demoralized by the size or scope of it. What is achievable? Lord, willing on January 15th I will complete a full marathon (26.2 Miles). This was a goal I thought about trying to do 3 years ago. 3 years ago I couldn’t have done it. At this point I have worked through a training plan and have done multiple long training runs. I am sure I am capable of making it. 3 years ago… not so much. READ MORE ABOUT ACHIEVABLE GOALS HERE.
The goal needs to matter for you. It needs to be something that means something for your growth and health. It needs to be rooted in who you are and where you want to be. READ MORE ABOUT RELEVANT GOALS HERE.
I need deadlines. They make me work harder and focus hard. I bet you are similar. Set a deadline or a time limit. Sometimes I set mini-goals that are midway to annual goals. For instance, “Run a 5k by June 30th in order to prepare to run a 10k by December 31st”. READ MORE ABOUT TIME BOUND GOALS HERE.
I write my annual goals over a couple days then I set them aside for a couple days and come back and evaluate them again. Sometimes you are feeling more optimistic while writing then you should. Sometimes more pessimistic. Take some time and look over them again. READ MORE ABOUT EVALUATING GOALS HERE.
Share your goals with a few others who are close to you. Ask their opinion and receive their feedback. Ask them to check up on you periodically as you pursue them. Accountability and community are essential. This aspect has been the single most important step in achieving goals. READ MORE ABOUT SHARING GOALS HERE.
After you’ve evaluated your goals and asked for input from others rewrite them. This isn’t cheating. This is wise. Tailor your goals to what makes sense after careful evaluation and sharing. READ MORE ABOUT TAILORING GOALS HERE.
Quick Tip: It is a good idea to do the Evaluate, Share, and Tailor aspects quarterly to check on your progress and make sure your goals are still stretching you, but also realistic.
What are your goals for the year? What are you hoping to achieve? Do you think the SMARTEST Goals System could help you? Do you have any goal setting tips to share?