SMART Goals and How To Create Them

SMART Goals

I was sitting in a coffee shop, having a conversation with a complete stranger. We talked about everything from life to flowers and the sun to cars.

As we talked, the stranger mentioned to me that he seemed lost.

He mentioned that no matter what he tried, he just could not get out of the rut he was in.

This got me thinking about my past.

I remember being a young man wandering through life with no purpose, unsure where I was going, and without a path to follow. I explained to the stranger that I too spent a large amount of my life in the exact same place and that I could help him just as I did myself.

I want you to achieve all you desire at lightning speed.

Can you write down all the things you desire in life, big and small? Make your desires are achievable and seemingly unachievable. Really takes some time to do this.

Got them?

Let’s turn those desires into goals.

SMART Goals or S.M.A.R.T. Goals

If you read the above, you may be wondering what S.M.A.R.T. stands for.

SPECIFIC – Give every detail about the goal

MEASURABLE – Give it a number to measure the goal by.

ACHIEVABLE – Make it achievable

RESULTS – Write down how you plan to execute your goal.

TIMEBOUND – Give a date to be completed by

The brain is actually looking for a contractual commitment from you.

I’d be willing to bet that at some point in your life, you wanted to lose some weight. Your goal might have sounded something like this:

“I want to lose 35lbs.”

While a great goal, its problem is two-fold:

  1. There is no urgency in the statement
  2. There is nothing tangible for the brain to grasp on to.

What I would like to do, is to rewrite the goal using the S.M.A.R.T. method detailed above.

  1. We will need to create a unit to measure our goal by.  In this instance, let us write down 35lbs.
  2. Our goal must be achievable.  Is 35lbs something that we know we can achieve?
  3. How will we achieve our goal?  For this goal, we will achieve it through exercise and proper diet.
  4. We need to give our goal a unit of time.  In this case of this goal, let’s put a time of March 21,2017 at 5:00 pm
  5. This goal must be as specific as possible.

“I want to lose 35lbs by 5:00pm on March 21, 2017. To do this, I will change my eating habits and exercise.”

If we look back at our initial goal and compare it to this one, can you see the difference?

“I want to lose 35lbs.” vs  “I want to lose 35lbs by 5:00pm on March 21, 2017. To do this, I will change my eating habits and exercise 4 times a week.”

The first goal is too vague. It has no substance and even less volume. There is nothing tangible for the brain to grasp on to.

The second goal has all the key points that the brain is looking for. Now, that’s one of many SMART Goals or as you now know S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Give it a goal, an action plan, and a timeline and you have a great starting ground to succeed on.

A word of warning for you.  I found that as I began to implement these, I would not take the necessary time to celebrate.  Don’t make this mistake. Celebrate them, whether they were small or large.

Make sure you create goals of all sizes. Make sure that you have small, medium and large ones. Dream big and dream often.

Remember this…there is not a goal that is unachievable.

Cheers to your success,

Joel

 

 



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I am a family man first and foremost. Everything that I do is for my family. They keep me focused and moving forward. My purpose in life is to help as many people as possible...and then help a few more. When I'm not doing that, I can be found drawing, writing, exercising, reading, deep in thought, and expanding my real estate portfolio.

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