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How To Set SMART Goals

 

Manifesting The Life Of Your Dreams

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream

 

Everyone has something that they want to accomplish in life.  What do you want to accomplish?  Where do you start?  What causes others to fail?

Paul Coehlo said, “Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”
Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

When making goals, what makes a quality goal though? Is there a better way than others to make goals? How can goal setting be more effective? The best way that I have found to make goals is by using the SMART goal method. This is a specific way to make goals that will allow you to have a measurable and quantitative goal, that can be tracked. Regardless of whether you are making a personal goal or a career oriented goal, this method is the sure fire way to keep your self on track. A SMART goal is a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. This is what it stands for and I’ll discuss each section in detail below.

Specific

A specific goal is a goal that points to some concrete and specific action. An example is, “I want to learn Spanish”. This is not a SMART goal in and of itself because it is not quantitative or measurable., but the specific part is that you want to learn Spanish.

Measurable

So the measurable component is, “does your goal have aspects that will allow you to measure your progress”. In our goal, I want to learn Spanish, you will want to be able to measure your progress. Can you measure your progress? Have you included the amount of time investment that you will be making to achieve this goal?  Have you included a money investment for the achievement of this goal.  If you said, “I want to learn Spanish in one year, so I will be committing 30 min. a day on studying, and $30.00 per month on study materials, then it makes the goal more measurable.  Every month, you could ask yourself, “Did I spend 30 minutes per day on studying?” and so on.  So you will want a component that will specify the measurement of your goals.

Attainable

Is learning Spanish an attainable goal? Well to learn Spanish is broad, but to learn Spanish to a conversational level in 1 year is more specific. The question is, is this attainable? What will be required for you to learn Spanish to a conversational level?  Will you set aside enough time to make this goal attainable for you?  Attainable is a measure that will differ from person to person, so you must decide, “Is the goal attainable for me?”If you added more details like, “By practicing Spanish for at least 30 minutes a day I can learn Spanish in a year”, it adds greater specificity to the goal, and a greater chance of it actually being attained. If this is attainable then you can say it is attainable.

Realistic

Is learning Spanish a realistic goal? Of course. Learning a language is something anybody can learn. Knowing this, you know that learning Spanish is realistic. Now learning Spanish to a native level in 1 month may not be realistic.  Analyze your will and decide if your goal is realistic enough that you will commit to manifestation.

Timely

If a goal is timely, then it has a time period in which to be accomplished. If you want to be conversational in Spanish in 1 year, which means you need to know 2,000 words, this is time bound. This goal is actually the SMART goal you are working to formulate.

The SMART goal is that you want to be conversational in Spanish in one year by learning 2,000 words. This is a specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely goal. By using this metric you can create goals which you are able to be accomplished.

For help breaking down your goals into feasible measures, making SMART goals, and manifesting the life of your dreams, check out my latest workbooks, Transform Your Habits To Create Your Position of Power for business, and Perception: The World’s Most Affluent Leader Workbook for personal.

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What are your goals?  What is your practice for making goals that would stimulate success?

 

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