As a runner and runner on the field, every year I sat down with my coach and set a series of goals for the season. What times would I like to run that year? What races would I like to win? Once we set my annual goals, we would develop a training program so that I could achieve those goals. This helped me answer the big question here: “What are the goals of SMART?”
Before I got a coach, I was running aimlessly. No system, no target races. More often than not, I would end up injured and get my season off after a very small gain.
When I found a coach, everything changed. I started winning the most important races and started enjoying my game. This process of the year taught me at an early age that goals are important if I want to achieve things that are important to me.
So what are the goals of SMART? This article will discuss why goals are important, how you can use SMART principles effectively in your time and resources, and how these goals provide you with a clear, straightforward, human or business plan that works again and again.
Why Do People Fail to Reach Their Goals?
Setting SMART goals and achieving them
it’s not easy, and a lot of people fail. A study by Scranton University found that only 8% of New Year’s targets meet their goals, which means that 92% of New Year’s targets fail. Why is that?
The problem is that many people view goals, such as New Year’s resolutions, as hopes and aspirations. They hope to lose weight, wish to start their own business, or hope to get a better job. The problem with “hope” and “wishing” for something is that there is no plan, no purpose, and no time set to achieve goals.
When these hopes and desires come face-to-face with the realities of everyday life, they quickly dissolve into lost hopes and fantasies.
So, in order to achieve something, you need a tangible goal: the SMART goal.
What are the aims of SMART?
The basis of all the goals achieved successfully is the goal of SMART.
Originally conceived by George T. Doran in a 1981 paper, the formula has been used in a variety of ways since then.
SMART is a Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based dictionary. It has been used by companies and individuals to achieve their goals and objectives and is the way it all works.
The strength of SMART goals is that they set a clear path to achieving the goals, and they have a clear timeline for achieving them. Let’s look at this in more detail:
For a goal to be realized, it needs to be clearly defined. What you are asking is “What do I want to achieve here?” Once the goal is clear, there is a good chance you will achieve it.
For example, if you just say “I want to lose weight,” then you can mentally achieve your goal by not eating dinner for one day – you will lose it that way, even if it was temporary.
You need to have a specific goal: “I want to lose 20 pounds by the end of July this year.”
It is measured
To achieve anything, it is important that you have measurable goals.
take the example above: “I want to lose 20 pounds by the end of July this year.” It is measured.
All you have to do is weigh yourself on January 1, then weigh 20 pounds on that and set that weight for the purpose of July 31. Then, each week measure yourself to measure progress.
Availability means that the goal is real and that you have what you need to achieve that goal.
In our example of weight loss, 20 pounds in six months is certainly possible. Your resources can include a gym membership, other home appliances, or simply the motivation to go out and work every day.
It is worth it
For any goal to be achieved, you need to set the right goals for your unique life.
If weight loss is happening with the life you have, and if you believe it will lead to a happier, healthier life, then it is right for you. It is even more important if your doctor has indicated that you need to lose weight to prevent health problems.
Finally, you need a timeline. All your goals need to have an expiration date because they create a sense of urgency and give you a deadline.
In our example of losing 20 pounds, a six-month time line will be clear, balanced, consistent, and will have a timeline. In addition, as you have what you need to achieve that goal, it is available – all the elements of the SMART goal formula are included.
How to Achieve SMART Objective
The problem I always get with the SMART goal formula is it doesn’t take a look at a person’s feature. We need encouragement. We need a reason to achieve these goals. If you do not have a real motive – you have no “reason” – then you will fail.
Losing 20 pounds, for example, is not easy. You will spend many months feeling hungry, and unless you have superhuman strength, you will give in to temptation.
All SMART policies can be broken down into three words:
What do you want to achieve?
Why do you want to achieve it?
How will you accomplish that?
When you simplify your goal in this way, achieving the goal becomes much easier.
- Imagine What You Want
One way to achieve your goals is to visualize the end result. When writing your mission statement, you should think about what it will be like when you reach the goal.
In our example of losing weight, you could close your eyes and think of going down from your hotel room in Ibiza in July and wearing your towel, sunglasses, sunglasses, and swimwear. You can imagine yourself surpassing all other sunbathers with the feeling you have, being proud of how you look and feel.
Try to use as many five sensors as possible.
- Find out the “Why”
If you take the weight of 20 pounds as an example, once you have decided that you want to lose 20 pounds, the next question to ask yourself is “Why?” If you are your own why, it gets better.
Yours could be, “Because I want to look and feel good on the Ibiza lake this summer.” This is a powerful reason.
If you have ever said, “Because my doctor told me to lose some weight,” that’s not good because it’s your doctor, not yours.
One way to identify “why” is to write your own statement of mission.
To help set achievable goals, when working with my clients, I regularly ask them to complete the following mission statement:
If you want to write a SMART goal of a weight loss model, your machine statement will be written: “I will lose 20 pounds by the end of July this year because I want to look and feel happy in the Ibiza lake.”
Never write a mission statement full of vague words. The words you use should be simple, direct, and clear.
- Find Your “Way”
Before you can start achieving your goal, you need to create a list of steps you can take to make it happen.
Write down everything you can think of that will help you achieve your goal. It does not matter if you write the works down; it is important that you write down as many steps as you can think of.
I always aim for a hundred steps. This makes it much easier to assign each day’s tasks not only to furthering your goal, but also to keep you focused on the day to day.
Once you have your list, you can create a to-do list to achieve the goal and assign steps on different days to build momentum towards successful success.
Bonus: Make PACT
There is one more thing you need to do to make sure you meet the SMART goals you set for yourself, and that is what I call PACT. PACT is another dictionary for patience, action, consistency, and time. You need all four of these to achieve goals.
Without patience, you will give up. Achieving anything worthwhile requires patience. Success does not happen overnight. Be patient and enjoy the process of getting a little closer to achieving your goal each day.
If you do not take action on any goal, then no goal will be achieved. You need to make sure each day you are reminding yourself of your goal and why you want to achieve it. Read your equipment statement, and take the necessary action to make sure you are getting closer to each day.
The action you take every day to achieve your goal requires consistency. You can’t follow your weekly diet plan and get a three-week break. It doesn’t work that way. Jim Rohn is right when he says:
“Success is a few simple steps that are done every day.”
After all, you need to allow enough time between where you are today and when you want to be in the future. Be realistic, and do not be discouraged if you miss your deadline. Adjust your timeline if necessary.
The key to success is to put it all together. When you connect all of these things, you create a place where achieving SMART goals is most accessible.
If you have a strong personal “why” in your goal, your motivation to continue is strong.
Start with “why,” and start with steps that will take you to the end.
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