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It is within a person’s nature to feel happy when they are given compliments. One of which would be if someone told you that you were smart, your initial reaction would be to be proud and to thank or compliment the person back. When we hear the word smart, we often think of a person with a very high IQ or a person who can also be very cunning or very good at what they are doing. But what if you add the word goal to it? As we know every person has their own goals in life. Regardless of how minute or larger than life they may be. Whether short term or long term, they are still considered goals. How and when to attain that goal is going to be the question and as they say, if you are smart enough, you will always find a way. You may now have at least an idea what this may be, if you guessed it, awesome! I knew you could do it. So this article is about SMART Goals and everything necessary to know about them.
Do you have a SMART goal in life? Have you accomplished your goals? It is in the nature of a person to find ways to accomplish their goals one way or the other. Regardless of the fact if you are a student, an employee, an independent owner, every single person in this world has their own goals in life they wish to attain. Here is a fun fact information for you to lighten up the mood, SMART is an acronym. Just like any other acronym it has its own definition. The term SMART is defined as Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. To know more about them, let’s dive in further.
We already know what the acronym SMART means in the term SMART goals, and it’s time we dive in deeper and understand the elements. You may ask yourself why it is necessary if we already know what it means. It is necessary to say the least, and to know more about it too. So here are your elements of a SMART Goal.
The first one we have on the list is specific. When we mean specific we mean well defined, a very good meaning, crystal clear, etc. But you must also remember this is a SMART goal we are talking about. So to define specific in this smart goal, it means your idea, your plan, your goal or however you may want to call it has to be very specific. It has to be very clear. You must at least have every single detail in place with your goal. Here are some guide questions for you. How sure are you about this goal? Do you have a back up? How long are you planning on achieving this goal? Are you ready to go through some risks to achieve them? These guide questions are only here to help you understand the purpose of the term specific in a SMART goal.
The next on the list is measurable. Measurable for SMART Goals is defined as proof of the work you have done. This means that you are able to see it, hear it and of course feel it. It basically uses some of your senses. To make it more simple, it is basically the proof of how far you have accomplished your goals, and how far you still need to go. Measuring it by percentage says you are 50% away from accomplishing, or in other ways that you are able to show proof. Evidence is key to knowing where you are right now with attaining that goal.
The third one on the list is achievable. When you think about your goal or the goals you plan on achieving, you must at least know that your goals must be possible to achieve. Impossible goals would not only detain you from reaching them, they are also time consuming and can deter you from concentrating. The reason for the achievable goal is to understand that it’s going to be too time consuming to do one goal, whether it may be short term or long term. If you plan on an impossible goal, you are not only wasting so much of your effort, you are also wasting so much time, materials and for some their patience. A goal is a goal, but you must also take into consideration of the things that may deter you from reaching it. Find a goal that is achievable, not an impossible goal.
Let’s face it, we are all guilty at times when we think of reaching goals. We think that achieving impossible goals would be the best. But in reality, it is not only tiring, it can also get very frustrating. Be realistic. It is without a doubt that a lot of us want to achieve goals that sound good in our heads, but when we plan on doing them, they are more of the impossible side than on the fantasy side. It is not wrong to have a goal, but you must also be well aware of the limits of what you are able to do. Having a realistic goal is better than having to endure a goal that may not or may never have a chance to come true.
Last but not the least for the SMART Goals is timely. No matter what type of goal you plan on doing, it is always best to have a specific time frame for it. Plan ahead on how you are going to achieve it and of course with motivation, you will soon be achieving them one step at a time.
It’s time we know how to compose a good SMART goal. We have gone through the definition, the purpose, the elements and now it’s time to know how one makes a good SMART goal? Are there some things that we need to take into consideration when making them? Well there are and here are some of the tips to help you get started.
We all have our reasons as to why we want to be able to attain this certain goal in life. Whether it may be personal, professional or even career wise. Think about the goal you plan on doing. Find the motivation to start. It goes without saying, there will be times that we find it difficult to even begin, but with the right motivation and the right mindset, it would be as easy as saying go.
As excited as you can get because you can almost see your goal coming to life, you have to think about setting an action plan first. Let me tell you this, a good action plan in full detail is the spine of your goal. In your action plan, you write out every single detail on how you want your goal to look like in a specific amount of time. It is in your action plan that you set everything in to motion. A good action plan is all it takes, think of this as your stepping stone.
What better way than to apply what you have learned from this article and place it to good use. Applying the SMART method to attaining your goals and the action plan would not only give you a higher and more positive chance of achieving them, it would also give you a better chance of revising anything that needs to be revised. Remember the SMART acronym and what it stands for. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.
The fourth tip would be to set a date when to begin and when you believe you can finish it. This is necessary as much as the rest of the tips listed. Setting a date would not only give you a view of how far you have accomplished, it would also give you a good view of the days that are still ahead. This is not to make you feel less motivated, rather it is a way to show you the reality of achieving your goal. Begin with the right moment, and end it at an expected date. Do not be crestfallen if you have not finished your goal at the required date, as long as you were able to achieve it is always the best feeling.
Here is the last tip and a fact I can give. The quest to attaining your dreams may sound or look impossible, but it’s not. Sometimes, we tend to want to give up thinking that it is too impossible. Don’t give up and stick to the plan you made. Your action plan is there for a reason, your SMART goals are there for a reason. Giving up on a goal would not only make you regret, it may also make you think of negative thoughts. Stop doubting yourself, follow through with what you made for yourself.
The acronym SMART means Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. These four key elements make up the whole SMART Goal.
The purpose of having to follow every key point of the SMART goal is because, when you plan on something, we often forget that there are some goals that are too impossible to do. By allowing ourselves to depend on or to use the acronyms in SMART goals, we are able to set up a goal that is not only specific, measured, achievable, realistic and timely, we are also able to attain them in a certain manner and time.
Very important. The SMART goal is the stepping stone, the key to helping you out.
No matter how or where you find inspiration to do your goals, the best thing to always remember is not to give up, not to lose sight of your goals. It may be difficult at first, but in the long run, everything goes smoothly.