Do you find it hard to focus on your ambition? Goal setting could be for you.
Being able to know exactly what your goals are and when you’ve achieved them is powerful. Setting goals can make you more focused, organised, and motivated. Goal setting for success can make your ambition attainable. Learn how now:
How then should goals be successfully made? The answer lies in SMART goals. Smart goals are (as you have probably heard!):
- S – Specific
- M – Measurable
- A – Attainable
- R – Relevant
- T – Time-bound
Set Specific Goals
Write down your goals. What is it you want to achieve? Have a concrete target to make your goals real.
Set Measurable Goals
Use specific measurements to know when you’ve achieved your goals.
Set Attainable Goals
Goals need to be achievable. Make your goals realistic and attainable.
Set Relevant Goals
Align your goals with your values. Relevant goals take you in the direction you wish to go.
Set Time-Bound Goals
Set some time-constraints on your goals. As you get closer to the finish date you will be able to anticipate the celebration of your success.
Breaking down Goals
Break your goals down into smaller goals. For example, say your long-term goal is to learn how to drive: a mid-term goal could be to book driving lessons, while a short-term goal could be to put money aside for lessons.
By breaking your goals down you can make the larger goal more attainable, every short-term goal achieved is a step towards achieving your long-term goal.
Recording your goals
To better understand your goals start with good old-fashioned pen and paper to get your ideas down. Scribble away making mind-maps, lists, the odd doodle, and then you could be left with a clear goal.
Why not try creating Pinterest boards to remind you of your goals. A cork-board also does the trick! A quick look at the board and you will be reminded of why you set your goals and refocus. You can also use goal-setting apps, such as: Strides, Balanced, and Coach.me.
Write, draw, record your goals. Leave it somewhere accessible so you can be easily reminded of your goals if you go astray. Find what works for you!
THE SCIENCY BIT
Research from Harvard Business School suggests that the act of setting goals can be dangerous and should come with a ‘doctor’s prescription’ to ensure correct dosage. According to Harvard Business School our goals should be achievable and our methods ethical and risk-free. Don’t set your goals so high that you can never successfully reach them, this is detrimental not only to our perception of ourselves but to our future behaviour.
In setting your goals take care to you avoid being narrowly focused and ignoring outside information. You may need to alter your goals slightly to align with whatever’s happening in your life, but that’s OK! Flexibility is the name of the game.
What are your tips for goals setting?