The smartest way to set a clear goal is by making it smart. Wondering what this means? Well, it means that every goal that you have in life must be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. You have to make sure that every goal is very realistic and that you have the right resources to achieve that goal. In addition, you have set a certain timeline to achieve that goal and be specific about what you want.
If you want to wake up at 5 am in the morning, you have to set a SMART goal towards that. Tell yourself, “Okay, I’m going to wake up at 5 am. After waking up, I’m going to do this and then I’m going to study.” Every goal that you set must be smart. When you break it down into specifics, it becomes clear, achievable, and real. This proves to be extremely motivating and helps you achieve your goal.
Obstacles will always be a part of life. Obstacles could be internal in nature, such as procrastination, certain belief systems, your attitude, and your behaviour. You can overcome these by focusing on what you want to achieve in life and how you want to go about it. You could do this by making sure that you eliminate distractions in your life, be it your mobile, social media presence, old habits and old patterns. The truth is that if you are going to repeat what you have been doing you are going to get the same results each time. “A goal without a plan is just a wish”- Antoine de Saint Exupéry
Here’s a toolkit to help you truly excel in achieving your goals:
By designing a clear road map to reach your intended target, you accelerate the process of achieving your goals and increase your efficiency. Without proper goal setting, it can be difficult to monitor your progress, resulting in demotivation or procrastination.
Breaking down your goal into a S.M.A.R.T Goal Plan can significantly improve your clarity, efficiency and chances of achieving them.
SMART goal setting is a method to set, track and fulfil achievable objectives. Wondering how you could do this?
For instance, if you wish to lose weight, here is how you can break it into a SMART Goal:
Specific: “I want to lose 5 kgs of weight.”
Measurable: Check your current weight and note the intended target.
Achievable: Identify the resources available at hand to fulfil your target. For example, decide if you wish to go for a walk or need to join the gym. Think about any diet changes that you’ll need to make.
Realistic: Setting a target to lose 5 kgs in a week can drain you mentally and physically. Hence, set possible targets to ensure consistency and positive results. A realistic goal would be to aim to lose 5 kgs in 2 months.
Time-Bound: Set deadlines! It is absolutely necessary to set an end date to keep you going.
Let me share another example for students who aim to achieve good marks in Board examinations.
Now, let’s break it down into a SMART Goal:
Specific: “I want to achieve 90% in my Board examinations.”
Measurable: How much do you need to study each day to complete the syllabus and still have ample time for repeated revisions?
Achievable: Is it possible to complete daily study targets?
Realistic: Based on your individual potential, set targets that are realistic. If you have the ability to complete 50 questions in a day, set a target close to it and slowly work on building your potential to increase the target.
Time-Bound: Create a time-bound study plan. Timing your progress will help you increase your speed and finish your course.
Achieving your targets can be challenging but by using the SMART Goal setting method, you can make the process more intelligible.
If you want to achieve success in life, you must have your own G.P.S – Your clear GOAL, a structured PLAN to achieve it and a STRATEGY to make it happen!