Honing in on your goals

WORKING ON the premise that if you actually know what you want from life, you have much more chance of getting it, try using the S.M.A.R.T acronym to set your goals to ensure that they are right for you:

Specific

Clearly define each of your goals so that you have specific targets to aim for. This sounds obvious but how many times have you vaguely thought you’d like to do something in your life but never got around to it? “I want to change” is not a goal – think about exactly what you want to achieve and what actions this will entail.

Measurable

Quantifying your goal ensures that you can assess your achievement levels as you go along and know when you’ve achieved that goal. For example, “I want to be rich” is too vague while “I want to earn £100,000 by the end of this year” gives you a measurable target to work to.

Achievable

Goals need to be within your reach so that you are motivated enough to commit to achieving them while being challenging enough to change your life in the way that you foresee.

If you set yourself a big challenge, make sure that you also set interim goals along the way. Also, to stay motivated, your goal needs to have true meaning and value to you as opposed to being something that you think you should or could do, perhaps because society tells you so.

Realistic

While dreams can come true and you should never be discouraged from aiming high, it’s important to be realistic in both what you’re aiming for and the resources you have to achieve this.

Self-belief, confidence and persistence are all marks of successful people but so is the ability to recognise when you’re aiming for the wrong goal and to re-assess and change direction when necessary.

Timely

Setting deadlines is a great way to get and stay motivated. If you don’t achieve your goal by the set deadline, you can either extend it or re-assess the situation asking yourself why you didn’t meet the deadline and what else you will need to do so next time to ensure a more favourable result.

Remember, being motivated to achieve your goals is a consistent effort in which you will be continually evaluating and adapting what you are doing and sometimes what you want to achieve.

Get help

If you want coaching or training on achieving business or individual goals please contact us: frances@purplepear.uk.com

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