How To Plan for S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Planning involves strategy and this is no different to when it comes to setting SMART gaols. In my previous article, I identified some common issues people have when trying to write SMART goals.
In this article, I will explain a simple bridging technique I have developed that will convert an aim into a SMART goal. It will also assist people in overcoming those issues I identified in my previous article and be able to write their own SMART goals.
So what will this bridging technique help with?
– It will direct people to write their goals in such a way that it makes their goals more meaningful to them.
– It gets people to include goal metrics in order to measure their progress.
– It prompts people to think about their individual competency levels when it comes to identifying what they can achieve.
– It allows people to focus on their own achievement schedules with the introduction of completion deadlines and commencement dates.
To begin with is the aim. An aim is usually a brief general statement, ie. “To lose weight”. Aims provide the general direction to focus in.
To convert an aim into an objective, simply use a bridging word like “by”. Objectives identify the clear measuring posts to focus at. Converting the aim into an objective quantifies the statement, ie. “To lose weight by 10 kilograms”. Sometimes this is an easy exercise, however converting some aims will require a certain level of lateral thinking to arrive at a measurable statement.
To convert an objective into a goal, try use a bridging word like “within”. Goals are the end results that are desired. Converting the objective into a goal time frames the statement as an outcome, ie. “To lose weight by 10 kilograms within 20 weeks”.
Converting a goal into a SMART goal date stamps the statement as an outcome with a sense of purpose and urgency, ie. “To lose weight by 10 kilograms within 20 weeks commencing??/??/????”. Adding a start date means the progress towards achieving the goal can be effectively monitored as well as provide an incentive for motivation.
The last part of the SMART goal statement is to ensure the focus on what matters and that is the tasks and activities required to complete the goal. Targets are the individual purposeful steps that drives momentum toward the goals.
Extending the SMART goal this way visualises the milestones that need to be achieved along the way in order to reach the end, ie. “To lose weight by 10 kilograms within 20 weeks commencing??/??/????” through regular weekly exercise, controlled eating and a balanced diet.
Keep in mind that what I have outlined is only one method to develop a SMART goal. It’s a matter of using an approach you are comfortable with and that works. This simple strategy does work but with any goal requires self-motivation.
This article forms part of a series of articles on Goal Setting. The next article will focus on “Action Scheduling” and developing an activity task schedule to achieve the SMART goals. Look out for that article. In the meantime, to ensure you have the right tools to develop SMART Goals go to http://www.paragon-marketing.org/goal%20setting.htm.