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Are You SMART?

smart goal setting conceptCongratulations on making it to another year. Not everyone was as lucky. What will you do in 2015 to make it YOUR year? I don’t believe in a new year, new you concept or even making new year’s resolutions. I do believe in becoming a better you. What better time to do that than the beginning of the year. Take yourself to the next level. You can do this by learning something new, doing something you’ve never done before or achieving a goal that’s been out of reach until now. Neale Donald Walsch said it best “life begins at the end of your comfort zone”. The difference between a dream and a goal is a deadline. There is a specific way to set goals that increases the probability of success.

How To Set SMART Goals

It’s great to have dreams, better to have goals and even better to have SMART goals. You can use this goal-setting structure for weight loss, wealth-building, running a business and even at work. Maybe you’re a goal-oriented person but you still come up a bit short on execution. Follow this simple structure and don’t forget to write your goals down on paper. This connects your conscious mind with your subconscious mind and gets your brain on board with the plan.

  • Specific – your goal should be as specific and clear as possible. For example, if your goal is weight loss write down how much and by when. If you want to build wealth or pay down debt, write down how much and by when. You can have multiple goals, but make sure the number is manageable.
  • Measurable – you need metrics to make sure you’re on track with your goals. If you want to lose 60 pounds by December 31st, lay out the milestones. For example, you can lose five pounds a month. This allows you to break the larger goal down into smaller steps, create wins and track your progress which feeds motivation to continue toward the goal.
  • Achievable – your goal must be attainable. Setting a goal to become a millionaire in six weeks is not very realistic unless something dramatic happens such as winning the lottery. However, it’s conceivable, with the right plan in place, that you could become a millionaire in three years.
  • Relevant – the “R” in SMART has various meanings. I’m going with relevant. Realistic and recordable have also been used. Realistic, to me, falls under achievable while recordable falls under measurable. Your goal must be relevant to your life for you to care. Consider yourself as an automobile company. The primary goal is to put out new models of cars that excite consumers into buying. If someone presents a proposal to start building televisions is that relevant to you as a car company? Probably not. The goal needs to mean something to you and only you. Align your motivation to the goal and you will increase your probability of success and results ten-fold.
  • Time – remember the difference between a dream and a goal is a deadline. Build a timetable into your goals. The deadline signals to your brain that this is a priority. If you don’t set a deadline for yourself your dream can continue until you die. This goes hand-in-hand with measurable. Tracking your progress against a timeline allows you to see your wins and celebrate them.

What are you doing this year to push the boundaries? Pull out a piece of paper and get going. Start small if you need to. The important thing is that you start. It’s a fresh year, time for a fresh start. Set better goals for better results and a better you. Share your 2015 goals below and let your friends know by sharing this post with them.

 

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