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Goal Setting

Where to start when goal setting?

Use the smart method

Specific
Measurable
Achievable
Realistic
Timely

Specific: Goals should be concrete, detailed, focused, and well defined. Some questions to consider include:

What am i going to do?
Why is this important for me to do?
Who is going to do what?

Measurable: Measurement is the standard that is used for comparison. Some questions to consider when forming measurable objectives:

How will I know that the change has occurred?
Can the measurements be obtained?

Achievable: Goals that are achievable can be accomplished in a given time frame. However these goals should also stretch you as well. Some questions to consider when forming achievable objectives:

Can we get it done in the proposed time frame?
Do I understand the limitations and constraints?
Can we do this with the resources we have?
Has anyone ever done this successfully?
Is this possible?

Realistic: Setting realistic goals means that you can get the job done with resources that you have. Some questions to consider when forming realistic objectives:


Do you have the resources available to achieve this objective?
Do I need to revisit priorities to make this happen?
Is it possible to achieve this objective?

Time Bound: This means that setting deadline for the achievement of our objectives. Some questions to think about when creating time bound objectives:

When will this objective be accomplished?
Is there a stated deadline?

Goals Setting:
  • Review, update, and revise your goals.
    • Circumstances change, so should your goals.
  • Give yourself little treats after achieving smaller goals.
    • This is a way to motivate yourself to reach your bigger goals.
  • Do not set contradicting goals.
    • Goals that do not agree with each other or that are mutually exclusive are not a good thing.
  • Evaluate your progress.
    • An honest assessment of your progress also increases the change of you achieving your goals.
  • Enjoy the challenges and never give up!