Last time, we spoke of setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals . Today, we will look at the
best ways to set goals so that they are easily achievable.
First, what is it that you really want?
To be able to set achievable goals, you need to first of all,
decide what it it is that you really, really want.
If you don’t know what it is you really want to achieve, you won’t be
able to plan towards its achievement.
If you are a student, I imagine your main goal would
be to pass your examinations with flying colours.
If you are a business man, perhaps your goal would be to find a way
to make your business succeed. But if you have already set up your business,
your main goal would be to make money from your business.
A main Goal must be broken down to smaller goals.
To be able to achieve your main goal, you first need to break down your Main goal into smaller goals first of all.
It would be a step-by-step goal setting exercise.
So, say, you are a student and your aim is to pass your GCSEs with Distinctions,
your very first goal would be to:
- Pay attention in class, so you understand what your teachers are teaching you.
- Ask questions if you need help to understand something you’ve been taught
- Do all the exercises and homework set
- Utilize all the resources you can find to help you do better
- And stay diligent in all your school work
- Enjoy your success whenever you do well.
All of the above are mini-goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic (possible)
and time-related . The ultimate goal is to pass your GCSE Exams with Distinctions,
but you can’t afford to ignore or skip the basic steps of, say, paying attention in class!
Students who fail to listen to their teachers usually fail their examinations.
As a business person, you obviously need to achieve the following mini-goals
before you can achieve your main goal which is to make good money from your business.
- Decide what business you want to get into
- Research that business – find out what you will need to start
- Take training from an expert or experts in that business
- Create your business Name and business plan
- Set up your business
- Start trading
- Make money
Each of the above mini goals can also be broken down into several mini-goals.
This will make it easier for you to achieve before you move to the next steps.
I hope the above makes it clearer what S.M.A.R.T goals mean.
Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely/Time Limited (or with deadlines).
This little publication, “Make it Happen”, gives a step by step guide on how to set achievable goals.
Next time, we will look at what attributes, strategies and mindset that you must have to be prepared for success.
Dr Grace Anderson