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Rainer Maria Rilke, the poet, once said “And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been”. I have always like that particular quote about the new year. The new year brings unknown adventures, exciting new challenges, and potential successes. Most people create goals that they want to achieve during the year. This could be anything from wanting to lose weight to wanting to grow their business. However, many people create their goals without much thought or any accountability to reach them. I encourage you to create SMART goals this year.Click To Tweet
What are SMART goals?
SMART is an acronym that stands for:
The SMART system has been around for many years and helps guides us to creating objectives and goals in various settings from project management to personal development. Let’s take a look at each part of the SMART system to see how using it can improve our goals.
The SMART system encourages you to create a specific goal rather than a vague or general goal. This helps us reflect back on our goals and see our progress. Some questions that you want to ask about your goal to get specific include:
- What do I want to accomplish?
- Who is involved?
- How will I accomplish this goal?
In your goal, you should establish criteria for measuring your progress towards accomplishing your goal. This is useful to reflect back on and determine how far along you are on your goal. Ask yourself questions such as:
- How will I know that I am successful?
- How much?
- How many?
When setting your goals, you want to make sure that these goals are actually possible in the time-frame you want. For example, setting a goal of growing your business by 1000x is a great goal to want but it probably isn’t achievable within a year.
With your goals, you want to make sure that they are relevant to your long-term goals. For example, you can set a specific, measurable, and achievable goal such as “painting 100 houses in 2 months”. However, if you are a cupcake shop owner, then that really wouldn’t help you in the long term. Be sure to ask yourself questions such as:
- Does this help me achieve my long-term goals?
- Is this a worthwhile goal?
- Does this align with my company’s vision?
Lastly, you want to attach a time-frame to each of your goals. For example, you can say that you want to lose 50 pounds, but by when? In a month? In 6 months? When setting your goal, plan your time-frame so you can measure your progress more effectively.
What are examples of SMART goals?
Now, let’s take a look at some of your possible goals and see how we would create SMART goals for them. First, if your goal was “to lose weight”, you could turn that into:
“I want to lose 50 pounds in 6 months.”
If your goal was “to grow my business”, you could turn that into:
“I want to grow my company’s revenue by 300% by the end of the year.”
If your goal was “to write more”, try something like:
“I want to write at least 500 words per week in blog posts and email marketing” or “I want to write at least 2 blog posts a month”.
Now, go create your goals!
Now that you have a framework for creating your goals, take some time to think about what you want to achieve this year. Always try to at least have one personal and one business or work-related goal. Also, try not to have any more than 5 goals for the year. These should be big and focused goals, so you may not have time to achieve as many as you think you might. So, what are your goals for this year? Comment below and let everyone know what your goals are!