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How to Move an Idea to Achievement without being Distracted by Shiny Objects

Anthony | February 12, 2021

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Do you ever feel like you’re working hard but not getting anywhere?

Maybe you see little improvement in your skills or achievements when you reflect on the last five or 10 years.

Or perhaps you struggle to see how you’ll fulfill your ambitions during the next few years.

Many people spend their lives drifting from one job to another or rushing around trying to get more done while actually accomplishing very little.

Setting SMART goals means you can clarify your ideas, focus your efforts, use your time and resources productively, and increase your chances of achieving what you want in life.

1. Specific

Your goal should be clear and specific, otherwise, you won’t be able to focus your efforts or feel truly motivated to achieve it. When drafting your goal, try to answer the five “W” questions:

Who: Who is involved in this goal?

What: What do I want to accomplish?

Where: Where is this goal to be achieved?

When: When do I want to achieve this goal?

Why: Why do I want to achieve this goal?

For example, a general goal would be “I want to get in shape.” A more specific goal would be “I want to obtain a gym membership at my local community center and work out four days a week to be healthier.”

2. Measurable

Your goals must-have criteria for measuring progress so that you can determine if you’re are on track to reach your goal. Assessing progress helps you to stay focused, meet your deadlines, and feel the excitement of getting closer to achieving your goal.

To make a goal measurable ask yourself:

How many/much?

How do I know if I have reached my goal?

What is my indicator of progress?

For example, building on the specific goal above: I want to obtain a gym membership at my local community center and work out four days a week to be healthier. Every week, I will aim to lose one pound of body fat.

3. Achievable

Your goal must be achievable and attainable to be successful. In other words, it should stretch your abilities but still remain possible. When you set an achievable goal, you may be able to identify previously overlooked opportunities or resources that can bring you closer to it.

An achievable goal will usually answer questions such as:

Do I have the resources and capabilities to achieve the goal?

If not, what am I missing?

Have others done it successfully before?

How can I accomplish this goal?

How realistic is the goal, based on other constraints, such as financial factors?

For example You might need to ask yourself whether developing the skills required to become head of marketing is realistic, based on your existing experience and qualifications. For example, do you have the time to complete the required training effectively? Are the necessary resources available to you? Can you afford to do it?

4. Realistic

A SMART goal must be realistic in that the goal can be realistically achieved given the available resources and time.  You need to ensure that your goal matters to you and that it also aligns with other relevant goals.

A goal is likely realistic if you believe that it can be accomplished

Ask yourself:

Is the goal realistic and within reach?

Is the goal reachable, given the time and resources?

Are you able to commit to achieving the goal?

Is this the right time?

Does this match our other efforts/needs?

Am I the right person to reach this goal?

Example

You might want to gain the skills to become head of marketing within your organization, but is it the right time to undertake the required training, or work toward additional qualifications? Are you sure that you’re the right person for the head of the marketing role?

5. Timely

Every goal needs a target date, so that you have a deadline to focus on and something to work toward. This part of the SMART goal criteria helps to prevent everyday tasks from taking priority over your longer-term goals.

A time-bound goal will usually answer these questions:

When?

What can I do six months from now?

What can I do six weeks from now?

What can I do today?

SMART Goal – Timely

Set a timeline for when you’ll likely hit this goal.  It should have a start and finish date. If the goal is not time-constrained, there will be no sense of urgency and, therefore, less motivation to achieve the goal.

Ask yourself:

Does my goal have a deadline?

By when do you want to achieve your goal?

A time-bound goal will usually answer these questions:

When?

What can I do six months from now?

What can I do six weeks from now?

What can I do today?

For example, building on the goal above: On August 1, I will obtain a gym membership at my local community center. In order to be healthier, I will work out four days a week. Every week, I will aim to lose one pound of body fat. By the end of August, I will have realized my goal if I lose four pounds of fat over the course of the month.

The Importance of SMART Goal Setting

Often, we set ourselves up for failure by setting general and unrealistic goals such as “I want to be the best at X.” This goal is vague, with no sense of direction.

SMART goals set you up for success by making goals specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely.

The SMART method helps push you further, gives you a sense of direction, and helps you organize and reach your goals.

 

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Anthony

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