Goal Setting

S*M*A*R*T*I*E* GOALS – here are some questions to ask yourself about your goals.


Specific:  Is your goal stated precisely?  Who is involved?  What do you want to accomplish?  Where – do I need to identify a location?  Which – identify requirements and constraints.  Why – determine specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing your goal.

Measureable:  How will I know when I have achieved the goal?  What measure will I use to know?  Set a checklist of criteria that you can measure your progress against.  By doing this, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and then experience the exhiliration of achievement which will in turn motivate you to reach your goal.  To determine if your goal is measureable, ask questions such as how much?, how many?, how will I know it’s accomplished?

Attainable/Achievable/Agreed:  Is it really possible to reach this goal?  When you identify goals that are most important to you, you will begin to figure out ways you can make them a reality.  You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills and financial capacity to reach them.  You begin to see previously overlooked opportunities to bring ourself closer to the achievement of your goals.

Realistic/Relevant:  Ask yourself, is my goal realistic?  Do I really believe that it’s achievable or is my goal just wishful thinking?  To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are willing and able to work towards.  A goal can be high and realistic.  You are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be.  Be sure that every goal you set represents substantial progress on past goals.

Timely:  How long will it take me to reach my goal?  Is this the right time to set this goal?  A goal should be grouned within a timeframe.  With no timeframe tied to it, there is no sense of urgency.  So anchor your goal to a timeframe and a specific date.  Then you have set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.

T can also stand for –

Tangible:  A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of your senses.  Taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing.  When your goal is tangible, you have a better chance of making it specific, measureable and attainable.

Implement:  This means taking inspired action NOW.  Your goals won’t become a reality unless you implement your plan.  Do it now!  Your goals won’t quite drop out of the sky, you have to put in some effort.

Evaluate:  Is your plan working and are you well on your way to reaching your goals?

It is vital that you always have goals to work towards.  Goals are priorities that need to be met on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis.  Long term goals could be 5 – 10 years.  So what is it that you want to achieve long term?  Medium term goals could be 2 – 5 years, and short term goals could be a goal for today, this week, this month or this year.

Want some help with setting and implementing a plan to achieve your goals?  I have just the program, it’s called Inspired To Success®, a 12 week life coaching program of transformational change. Just click on the coaching tab at the top of the page or click on this link http://www.InspirationsLifeCoaching.com/coaching

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