Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Goal Setting SMART Process


By Vincent Gray

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6405707


When it comes to goal setting it can be quite demoralising when you consistently miss your goals. In this article we take a look at goal setting the SMART way. A proven method of goal setting that increases the likelihood of you achieving your goals. If you don't know much about SMART goal setting then you will find that achieving the results you desire becomes a whole lot harder. Not least because the SMART goal setting method gives you an easy to follow formula to follow.

Many people are in the habit of focusing on what it is they want out of life and this in turn causes them to notice what they don't have. This is because they are constantly comparing themselves to an external ideal. They compare themselves to the person with the six pack or the billionaire or the perfect actress.

When it comes to figuring out what you want having a formula that breaks down your goals to achievable steps is invaluable. You can still get that six pack but you may not do it in the next 6 months. This doesn't mean you cant make great strides towards it in the next 6 months. And that is exactly what the SMART Goal Setting process is about.

SMART Goals stands for:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Timely

As you can see, running your goals by the above five factors ( almost like a checklist) will have you on the goal achievement path in no time.

Is your goal specific enough or a generic wishy washy goal. I want to lose 20 pounds versus I want to lose weight

Is your goal measureable - do you have something you can track on a regular basis that tells you how close you are to your goals ( in this case how many pounds you lose a week)

Is your goal attainable. Can you lose 20 pounds, do you do the right exercises and eat right are you willing to put in the effort. This part of the SMART goal process is best looked at in conjunction with the next one...

Is your goal Realistic. Do you want to lose 20 pounds in 3 weeks. That's not realistic and therefore not attainable Study your goal, if you know that you can only lose 2 ponds a week and still be healthy then its going to take you a minimum of 10 weeks.

Finally Time. Have you set a time frame for when you will achieve the goal by. Of course this links with the two points above - is it realistic to achieve the goal in the time frame you set, is it possible to attain the goal in the time frame you set?

There are certain other things that you must do when it comes to goal setting the SMART way and below we offer some advice that you may find useful.