Do you set goals for yourself? If so why? It’s important that you should start setting goals for yourself if you don’t already. You might be wondering why is it so important to set goals in life? Without goals or dreams, how do you stay motivated when things get hard?
How do you know if you are being successful or how can you observe if you are “falling behind”? Normally setting the goal is a very easy part of life, it’s sticking through and staying motivated long after those goals are set that becomes difficult.
why it is so important to set goals! Goals are very important so that you have a clear path. So you can track your progress efficiently. I talk to my clients in detail about why it’s important to set SMART goals in life, and I won’t even let them continue with their training with me without some concrete goals to work towards. I use these goals to help motivate my clients when they are feeling low and demotivated.
So what the heck is a SMART goal? Actually SMART goals are (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely). Let’s quickly go over each of these so we can make SMART goals in life:
1- Goal Should Be Specific
Goals that are specific definitely have a more chance of being accomplished. To make a goal specific, the 5 “W” questions must be considered:
- Who: Who is a part of this goal?
- What: What do I want to achieve?
- Where: Where is this goal to be accomplished?
- When: When do I need to achieve this goal?
- Why: Why do I need to achieve this goal?
For instance, a goal would be “I want to get in shape.” A more specific goal would be “I want to obtain a gym membership at my local community center.” This goal is specific.
2- Goal Should Be Measurable
A SMART goal must-have criteria for measuring progress clearly. If there are no criteria, you will not be able to track your progress and if you are on track to reach your goal. To make a goal measurable, ask yourself:
- How many/much?
- How do I know clearly if I have reached my goal?
- What is my exact indicator of progress?
For instance, you want to lose 5% body fat is not going to be a measurable goal. So then you might need to say lose 4 inches from your waist. That’s something you can measure.
3- Goal Should Be Achievable
Is your goal achievable? So if your goal is something that is really going to be a stretch for you but you know if you can just buckle down you can achieve it, it’s probably a good goal.
But if it’s something that would need you to dedicate for example 4 hours a day of your free time to achieve and you know you only have an hour maximum, then it’s probably too far of a stretch. Be realistic but push yourself a little. After all, nothing great and bigger happens when we are in the comfort zone.
4- Goal Should Be Realistic
This goes with achievable. A perfect example might be you want to go from couch to marathon runner but have never run before in your life and you don’t have more than 4 hours a week to dedicate to running.
This is not realistic. However, you could certainly make the time to go from couch to 10K or 20K with this time available. Let’s be realistic about your goals. The same goes for if you have weight to lose or a job you want to quit. Be realistic about how much time it might take to lose weight or find the next job.
5- Goal Should Be Time-Bound
A SMART goal must be time-bound in that there should be a start and finish date. If the goal is not time-constrained, there will be no sense of urgency and, therefore, a low motivation level to achieve the goal. Ask yourself:
- Does my goal have a clear deadline?
- By when do I have to achieve my goal?
For instance, building on the goal above: On August 1, I will obtain a gym membership at my local community center. In order to look healthy and fit, I will work out four days a week. Every week, I will aim to lose at least one pound of body fat.
Individuals or businesses will set themselves up for failure by making unrealistic goals such as “I want to be the best at X.” This goal is vague or unrealistic, with no sense of direction and a lack of planning.
SMART goals make you successful by making goals specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. The SMART method push you further, gives you a sense of direction and helps you organize, and finally reach your goals realistically.
That is what I found worth sharing about how to set goals. Kindly comment below and let us know what your take on this?