15 January 2019
3 Steps to Successful Goal Setting
Step 1: Write it down & be S.M.A.R.T
Whatever your goal is, it’s only a dream until you write it down somewhere. A journal, a word document, etched into a wall, it does not matter as long as it is recorded somewhere. This is a crucial first step in the process and one that is often overlooked. Writing down your goal shows commitment and needs to happen. When you write it down make sure it’s S.M.A.R.T – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relative, and Timeframe. Firstly, be as SPECIFIC as you can. You may want to get fitter, that is great but what does that mean? Does that mean you want to run 10km or bench press your own bodyweight? Being specific helps shape how you will achieve your goal. Next up, make it something MEASURABLE. You’ll need this to track your progress because if you can’t measure something, you can’t manage it. The next step is to make it ACHEIVABLE This means setting realistic goals that can still be a stretch but not impossible. For example, starting a business and aiming to earn a million dollars after the first month would be unachievable for most people; instead you might aim to be profitable after the first six months. It’s helpful to seek out experts or other knowledgeable people when it comes to this aspect as you may not have the experience to know what is achievable or not just yet. Make your goal RELATIVE to you. Ask yourself, why achieving this goal is important to you. You should be making changes to your life because you believe you should not to keep someone else happy. Lastly, every goal needs a TIMFRAME. Again, it’s helpful to seek advice when determining a timeframe to make sure your goal is still achievable but as well as this, setting a timeframe will help you to stay on track and helps determine when to measure your progress.
Step 2: Find your new identity
To achieve your goal, you will have to change. You are not currently the same person who can achieve the goal you have just set otherwise you would have already achieved it. So take some time to write down what you will have to do to become the person. What does a person who achieves the goal look like to you and what do you have to do to become that person? Write down 2-4 statements that describe this person. These statements should make you feel uncomfortable and the old you will not want to believe it but that means you are on the right track.
Step 3: Reinforce this identity
Take time every day, preferably in the morning, to read these statements aloud, taking a deep breath in between each one. View each new day as an opportunity to work towards your goal and use these statements to help keep you focused.