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Like most of us our dreams become reality when we can break them down into manageable goals and achieve small wins. The most effective way to set and achieve goals is to write them down in a journal. But, it takes a lot more than just writing them down. It requires persistency, creativity, and strategy. We’re going to take you through the best approach to goal setting and what actions to take to achieve your desired result.
How to Set a Goal
First, let’s start with the definition of a goal. A goal is the intention of a person’s ambition or effort; a desired result. It’s the destination of a journey. In order for a goal to be meaningful and effective, your goal needs to matter to you. If your goal matters to you, you’re more likely to take the right actions to achieve it. For the best results, your goal must be “SMART”. The “SMART” acronym stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely. Each “SMART” goal you create should have these five attributes to ensure you reach your desired result.
Using the “SMART” System
“S” stands for Specific: Be as specific as possible. Don’t say you want to run a marathon. Say you want to run a marathon in less than 4 hours during the first quarter of 2021. The more specific you are, the more clear your action steps will be to get there.
“M” stands for Measurable: How are you going to track and measure your progress? Create a mechanism to measure your growth each step of the way. One effective way to do this is to set interim goals that allow you to achieve small wins as you progress towards your ultimate goal. Perhaps, you attempt to run a half marathon in less than 2 hours as part of your training program to gauge your readiness towards running the marathon in less than 4 hours?
“A” stands for Achievable: Be realistic. It’s perfectly okay to set a stretch goal, but don’t set a goal that’s not achievable. Every goal should have an action plan outlining the steps to get you from your starting point to your desired result. Your marathon plan should include daily/weekly activities that improve your strength and endurance and allow you to run the marathon in less than 4 hours.
“R” stands for Relevant: Sometimes, unforeseen circumstances cause you to change your goals. That’s okay. Regularly review your goals to make sure they are still relevant. Let’s say the marathon gets postponed or cancelled. In this case, you might choose an alternate race.
“T” stands for Timely: Give yourself a deadline within a year. Include a timeframe such as a week, month, or year, and include a specific date, if possible. Your marathon may be scheduled for February 13, 2021.
How to Create an Action Plan to Achieve Results
Once you’ve completed your goal setting, you need to create an action plan to help you achieve your desired result. An action plan is a step-by-step process that allows you to track and measure your progress. It gives you assurance you’re on the right track and allows you to course correct when you may have missed a milestone so you can get yourself back on track. Ultimately, your action plan becomes your roadmap for the journey you’re taking towards your destination. If you don’t know where you’re going, how are you going to get there?
It takes time to create a good plan. What daily, weekly, monthly actions will you take to achieve your plan? How will you structure your day so that you can complete each action step? How will you consistently track and measure progress towards your goals? How will you hold yourself accountable? What changes do you need to make to reach your desired result?
By creating “SMART” goals and a specific action plan, you can achieve anything you desire. So, let’s get started! Leave me a comment or send me an email at email@example.com if you want help creating your “SMART” goals and corresponding action plan.