Goal settingSetting goals is something we are all familiar with, and yet rarely do. So many of our clients come to us feeling depressed and unfulfilled because they believe they have failed to achieve success. Yet when we sit down with them to work through what they want and how they planned to get there, it becomes apparent that they had not actually set written goals or made plans. How can you track your progress if you have no start and end point?

“When you fail to plan you plan to fail”…. Yes that old chestnut…. But it is true!

It’s never too late to look at your life and ask yourself “Is my life really how I want it to be?” Each new day represents a new opportunity. The very best way to start is to put some time aside and thoroughly review your life as it currently stands.  Then, once that is complete, take more time out to design your future. These new insights will put you in a great position to set yourself goals.

Why setting goals is important

There are many different goal setting tools around but the ‘smart goals’ technique is by far the simplest and the most popular.

  • S – Specific goals are well-defined and focused. The moment you are focussed your goal becomes a magnet, pulling you toward it. The more focused your energies, the more power you generate.
  • M – Measurable goals should include a plan with targets and milestones that you can use to make sure you are moving in the right direction.
  • A – Achievable the goal should include a plan that breaks your overall goal down into smaller, manageable action steps. Goals should motivate, not discourage so make sure it is not overwhelming.
  • R – Realistic Your goal should also be STRETCHING and MOTIVATING, but not so big or complex that you will lose the motivation to achieve it.
  • T – Timely A goal must have a deadline. This will provide you with the necessary focus and sense of urgency to make it happen.

 

Goal Setting

By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals, and you’ll see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind. You will also raise your self- confidence, as you recognize your own ability and competence in achieving the goals that you’ve set.

 

If you are interested in working through the smart goals process, there are some great worksheets on the SmartGoals Guide.