The Importance of S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting

Effective goals are written using S.M.A.R.T. principles. Notice I said written… When you write your goals down they become real and tangible.

Goals are tangible when they are written in Specific terms, they are measurable, attainable, realistic, and have a time frame so you know when they are reached.

Below is the basis of goal writing that will change your business and life.

The first element of S.M.A.R.T. is being very specific. When you are totally clear and firm in your goal your chance of success is great. When setting a specific goal, you must consider the who, what, why, where, when, and what. Goals must be clear and well defined.
EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, “Get in shape.” But a specific goal would say, “Join a health club and workout 3 days a week.”

The second element of S.M.A.R.T. is the measurement criteria. Determine the specific criteria for measuring progress toward the completion of each goal you set so that you can measure results and keep track of your progress. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience satisfaction of getting stuff done.

To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……

Goals must achievable. The best goals require you to stretch a bit to achieve them but they are not impossible to achieve.

When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals. It becomes the Law of Attraction at work.

You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps and establish logical time frames that allow you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach will move closer and become attainable because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.

Your goal is realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished.

To be realistic, a goal must represent something that you are both willing and able to work for. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be.

A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal is generally not as motivational. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love.

To determine if your goal is realistic and relevant, consider the following questions:

Is my goal realistic and within my reach?
Am I willing to commit to my goal?
Is my goal relevant to my business and life purpose?
Is it in line with beliefs and values?
Is my goal relevant to other goals established and does it logically fit with my immediate and long-term plans?

Timely/Time Bound:
Does your goal have a deadline?

Goals must have a clearly defined time frame including a starting date and a target date. If you don’t have a time limit or end date then there is no urgency to start taking action towards achieving your goals.

Additionally, if you set a deadline your subconscious mind will begin putting into motion the accomplishment of that goal.

Staff and support team need to work on timelines with deadlines. That’s how you GET STUFF DONE! If you don’t have deadlines, how will you really know the status of your business?

Now that you understand the basis of developing great goals, take some time to think about and write down those goals that are most important to you. Consider personal and business goals as the same process can be used.

Goals are the starting point and essential to your detailed business planning. Goals are the foundation! Once your goals are determined then you can begin a planning process that is logical and makes sense to reach your goals. Every aspect of reaching your goal can be planned in specific detail.