If you have ever set goals but somehow not managed to achieve them, you are not alone. What tends to happen is people don’t bother to set goals again as they stopped believing it can help. However, once you learn how to set goals correctly, you will discover that actually, they are a vital step for helping you to get where you want to be in life.
A Road Map
Think of goals as a road map, if you are going somewhere you’ve never been before, you would either get a map or in the modern world use sat nav. Now, there is no such thing as a sat nav for life, no little automated voice telling you where to go next, it’s all on you. But you can certainly make a paper map by setting goals and learn how to use your goals to achieve and reach your destination. The mistake people make is to make generalised sweeping statements such as ‘I want to buy a house by the end of next year’, ‘my business needs to grow three-fold in six months’. While these are perfect end goals what often gets missed are the steps you will need to take to actually get there.
It might be an old acronym, and some people roll their eyes when they see it, but SMART goal setting does work because it reminds us not to skip steps and helps with keeping a focus.
So, going back to the example of purchasing a house within a year, if that is as far as you take your goal, it can be quite disheartening and remain out of reach. The months tick by and before you know it, you’ve reached your deadline and still don’t own a property. Using the SMART method, you would define your goal and then break it down into measurable, achievable and realistic steps that all come with a time limit. So, maybe you will need to get advice about a mortgage, work out where your deposit is coming from, look at clearing down any long-term debt that may affect the amount you can borrow, and various other steps. Standing at the foot of a mountain looking up may leave you feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to start. Adding smart goals is equivalent to carving steps into the side of the mountain that make it much easier to climb. Ensuring each step is something you can achieve and manageable means you will be more likely to hit your target rather than pushing it to one side because it seems totally overwhelming.
Goals Are Important
In the current global climate, goals are even more important than ever, and they are teaching us that we have to think outside the box when we hit a roadblock. No one saw the pandemic coming, and no one is prepared to deal with it, but gradually we are finding ways to work around and still make progress in our lives. So, if you’ve ever failed with goals, why not try again using the smart methodology?