Today we are going to talk about goal setting via SMART goals.
But before we even get on to this particular topic I would like you to think of the situation – have you ever sat on a train or a bus or aircraft without knowing where it is headed or the final destination of the train,bus or aircraft?
Well have you ever written and sent a letter to somebody and forgotten to write the address of the person on the postcard and posted without it ?
Well if you have answered no to these questions,which of course means that it’s basic common knowledge or common sense that you need to know where you’re getting if you sit in an aircraft or you need to know the final destination.
If you’re writing a letter to someone you definitely need to write the address of the person else how would the letter reach that person ?
Well friends the reason I’ve asked you on this thing is because of the fact that SMART goal setting is all about that.
You need to know where you’re headed in life else you can be lost.
Hence it’s important to set goals which are SMART .
We’ve talked about what is SMART goal setting and we will also talk about what does the acronym smart stand for .
We will also talk about certain tips for extremely smart goal setting.
A goal which is without a plan is just a wish or a desire.If your goal is not smart it is not a goal.It is just wishful thinking which have no deadline .
So let’s take a look at what exactly do we mean by smart goal setting.
Most organization use various tools to make their goals achievable and the best way to do this is by using SMART goals.
So what does the acronym SMART stand for ?
Let’s take a look at that.
- Specific – target a specific area for improvement – goals need to be something which is not general but specific like what do you want to do
- Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.-means that how will you know whether you have reached that particular thing or not. That’s being able to measure your success
- Achievable – specify who will do it- is your goal attainable or is it something which is too challenging or too easy to attain
- Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources-is your goal realistic or can you realistically achieve it
- Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved-when exactly do you want to accomplish it or do you have a deadline
For any goal to become a real goal , you need to make sure that you’re asking yourself specific questions.For example,is your goal specific means what, where,how and when?
You cannot give a generalized statement and expect that goal to become a reality.
You need to make sure that is you’re making it measurable by breaking it down into measurable units which are achievable or attainable as well realistic.
Let’s say that your goal is to start saving more money.
You could say that you want to save Rs.100,000 a year for the next ten years.
I do hope you have understood how to set your SMART goals making sure that you are also understood the tips of how to set your goals in a smart way.
So please go ahead set your SMART goals right now.