The key to
obtaining any goal is to set S.M.A.R.T. goals for yourself. If
you start out with the goal to get in the best shape of your life
in 6-weeks…..guess what……you are not going to make it. Focus your
goals on performance rather than winning. Frame these goals in
positive ways. Be S.M.A.R.T. and set goals by following these
= Specific: Goals need to be Specific. You want to focus on a
behavior that would demonstrate an accomplishment. For example,
"walk 10-blocks by the end of 2-weeks" instead of "walk more."
Your goal needs to be clear and stated as a result, an outcome,
an accomplishment, or achievement.
= Measurable: Goals need be to Measured. This shows proof of your
success. Things that can be measured, heard, or seen include "weight
loss," "phone calls made," "writing one page each day," "saying
no to extra work;" instead of "a feeling" an "idea" or "a sense"
of something. Use charts or activity logs to record your success.
= Attainable: Goals need be to Attainable and within your reach.
But not so difficult that you get frustrated, and not so boring
that you work below your potential. A goal can be unrealistic
if it is too high, or inadequate if set too low.
= Realistic: Goals need to be Realistic, and within your grasp.
Before you decide where to GO, make an assessment of where you
ARE. Do not ignore your limits, but focus on your abilities, things
you can do, and things you can learn to do... Are the resources
necessary for your goal available? Are there outside influences
preventing you from achieving your goal? How much of this is under
your control, and who are the other players? Are the cost and
the benefit of accomplishment reasonable? Costs can be personal
as well as financial. Your commitment to a goal is greater, if
there is a good cost and benefit ratio.
= Timely: Goals need a Time Line if you are going to be motivated
to achieve them. Set a specific time frame for reaching your goal.
Be REALISTIC, despite the fact that you are enthusiastic. Break
down the major goal into smaller goals---this is based on the
time it will take to achieve each smaller goal. For example, if
you want to make 20-business connections, it is better to break
this down and say: " I will call 4-new people every day," than
focus on the larger goal of making 20-new phone calls all at once.
You want to know that your small accomplishments will lead to
larger ones --- they add up! Break down goals to immediately achievable
smaller goals, then short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals.
Then combine them into your long-term plan that will lead to your
ultimate attainable goal.
important consideration is to ask yourself: Is there a match
between my personal values and my goal? Conflict between goals
and values will likely reduce the likelihood of achieving a goal.
Is your heart really in it? How will you feel when you have accomplished
your goal? Sounds good? Then, get out a paper and pencil and draw
out your plan. Best wishes on achieving your goals!