RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU STRUGGLE
WITH STAYING COMMITTED TO YOUR GOALS.
Many people struggle with completing their goals because they’re approaching goal setting all wrong. They have wishes not goals. They have fantasies not goals.
A goal is simply something you want to get done. A goal is written down. A goal has a plan. A goal is specific. Your goals should align with your purpose. Your goals should be specific to what you want for your life.
4 MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE WHEN CREATING GOALS
- The goal is not specific - You say to yourself, I want to lose weight. That’s too vague. Instead say I want to lose 10 pounds by October 1st.
- The goal is not written down and visible - Your goal is only in your head and no one knows about it, but you. Your goals come to life when you write them down on paper and place them where you can see them often.
- The goal doesn’t push you out of your comfort zone - You play it safe and avoid taking risk by making goals that don’t challenge you. Set goals that will WOW you when you accomplish them.
- They don’t believe they can achieve the goal - You operate in fear and self doubt. You don’t think you have what it takes to really see your goal become your reality. In order for you to reach your goal, you have to believe in it more than anyone else.
When creating goals, ask yourself the following questions:
- Why do I want to accomplish this goal?
- What will it mean to me once I complete this goal?
- When do I want this goal to happen?
- Who will this goal affect?
CREATING SMART GOALS
Smart goals are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely
Clearly define what you want to get done and why. Think about why your goals are important and what it'll mean to you, once you accomplish it.
When creating SMART goals, make sure they line up with your values and align with what you want for each area of your life.
Let me walk you through an example on how to create a SMART goal.
When you’re thinking of your goal, be as specific as you can. The more specific you are about your goal, the more details you will have on what you are trying to achieve.
Ask yourself the following as you’re making your goal specific:
- What am I trying to achieve?
- How will I reach my goal?
- When will I reach my goal?
- Why do I want to reach my goal?
- What do I need to do to reach my goal?
Look at these examples, which is the best?
Example 1: “I want to lose 5 pounds of body fat and gain 10% more muscle in 3 months by working out three times a week with a personal trainer”
Example 2: “I want to lose weight”
Example 3: “I want to lose 5 pounds of body fat and gain 10% more muscle in 3 months by working out three times a week with a personal trainer because I want to compete in NPC Physique Championship on April 1”
You will notice that the third example is the best choice because there are more details pertaining to the what, how, when, where and why. The first example is a good example, however, it could be more specific and the second example does not provide any details.
You have a specific goal, it’s time to look at how you are going to measure your progress. Measuring your progress will allow you to see how far you’ve come and how much closer you are to reaching your goal. When you can see proof, either in the form of numbers or pictures, throughout your journey, you will be able to actually see the change.
Ask yourself the following as you’re making your goal measurable:
- How will I track my progress?
- What will I need to track my progress?
- How will I know when I’ve accomplished my goal?
While you’re creating your SMART Goal, you need to make sure that is attainable for YOU and your current lifestyle. Take the time to really reflect on your current situation and if you have time to begin your goal, if not, when can you start? Knowing if your goal is attainable or not will allow you to adjust your goal and the steps you will need to take as necessary so that you can be more successful.
Ask yourself the following as you’re making your goal attainable:
- Is your goal realistic?
- What do you need to reach your goal?
- Are there any limitations that may prevent you from reaching your goal?
- Have you allowed yourself the right amount of time for your goal?
To determine if your goal is relevant, you need to take a look at the bigger picture of what you want to do. If one day you to compete in a triathlon, then training for a half or full marathon would be relevant, whereas participating in a bodybuilding training program would not.
Ask yourself the following as you’re making your goal relevant:
- Will this goal help your long-term objective?
- Is it the right time?
- Do you have the skills for your goal?
Finally, your goal needs a timeline. If you don’t have an endpoint for your goal, then chances are, it will be harder for you reach your goal since it will be easier to push it to the side. Having deadlines will help you have something to work towards throughout the journey of reaching your goal. This is the time to put down your milestones and see progress along the way.
Ask yourself the following as you’re making your goal time-oriented:
- When will you begin your goal?
- When will you track your goals?
- When will you reach your goal?
Makes sense? Use this approach whenever you're setting goals so you can see clearly how you're going to accomplish them.
I created a SMART Goal Action Sheet to help you plan out your goals, fill out the form below to download it. I would love to see how you break down your goals, so take a pic and tag me on IG or Facebook @streetsy.