When setting up our goals for 2021 year it is important to make sure we do it in a S.M.A.R.T. way. It is super important to set your goals correctly, taking into account many aspects that are needed for you to accomplish them on time. I usually use the S.M.A.R.T. approach when setting up my goals:
S – Specific: This is important as it is not the same to say I want to save money every month than saying I want to save $150.00 every month or to say I am going to read more than saying I will read 4 books every month. Be specific with your goal.
M – Measurable: Your goal needs to be measurable in order to know how far or close you are to achieving it. You need to be able to look and see that although you need to save $150.00 you have so far saved $75.00 and therefore be able to make adjustments in order to accomplish your goal.
A – Action Oriented: You need to be able to act your goal in order to accomplish it. You can save money by doing or changing or adjusting certain expenses, or you can read more books by setting up a time for it. Both of these goals are based on actions that you can take and that you can control. Setting goals in which you expect the actions of others will not reward you in the end.
R – Realistic: Your actions need to be realistic and you should e able to make them happen. If you have a busy working life or mom life, it would be very difficult to say you will read 100 books in one year or that you will take a 30-minute bath every day. Your goal needs to be achievable by your actions.
T – Time-based: Your actions should have a dateline. Either if it is a short term goal or a long term goal, putting a time will make you accountable and will allow you to see what adjustments you need to make in order to complete the goal.
Additionally, there are Short Term and Long Term Goals. My usual method when setting up my goals is to pick a Long Term Goal, for example, have a successful Life Coaching practice for which I can give it a 2-year Timetable. This Long Term Goal can be broken down in Small Short Term goals which can take up to 6 months and can be from completing additional Life Coaching Courses, to setting up a Marketing Strategy, completing Course Content, or getting clients. Each one will have a specific Goal based on the S.M.AR.T. mode which allows me to build on my Long Term Goal.
Call to action!!!
Come up with 2 long Term Goals that can from 1 to 2 years, for example:
- Losing weight
- Writing a book
- Having a successful social media presence
- Becoming a sweet baker
- Learning how to cook a specific cuisine (Indian, Chinese, Korean, Southern)
- Completing educational courses
- Learning a new language
Then break this Long Term Goal into smaller S.M.A.R.T. Goals (at least 2) that you can complete within 6 months each.
Then commit! You are taking the time to make sure your GOAL is SMART and ATTAINABLE. You are now accountable to make it happen.