Whether you are setting personal or business goals, use this simple acronym to make them SMART.
The first thing you need to do is identify your goal. Think about what steps you will take to achieve it and how far are you willing to go to make it happen?
That brings us to our acronym – SMART.
SPECIFIC: Identify what it is you wish to accomplish and be specific. Maybe you wish to find a job.
Develop an action plan. Ask yourself these questions. Who is involved (is this something I can do by myself or will I need help?) What kind of job do I want? Where will I look? When will I begin my search? How will I go about doing it?
Of course, these same questions apply no matter what goal you are attempting to achieve.
MEASURABLE: Let’s stay with our job example. When will you know the steps you are taking for your job search are effective? In other words, how will you measure your success? Are you getting calls for interviews? If not, perhaps, you need to tweak the who, what, where, when and how of your action plan.
REALISTIC: Your goal must be attainable. Be willing to step outside your comfort zone, but don’t stretch so far you set yourself up for failure.
TIMELY: This is crucial. There needs to be a sense of urgency. Otherwise, you will find yourself putting off until tomorrow what you could do today. Set a timeframe in which your goal can be accomplished.
Don’t allow yourself to look back at past failures. Stay focused on the task at hand, and look forward to success.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. ~Henry Ford