If you want to be successful, you have to set goals.
But they can't just be any goals...
Success is based on accomplishing challenging, but attainable, goals. If you set easy or unattainable goals for yourself, how is that going to benefit you?
On one end, you're not challenging yourself, so you're depriving yourself of growing and succeeding.
On the other end, if you're setting hard-to-reach goals that you have no chance of meeting, it will affect your confidence and motivation to succeed.
In order to actually see the real benefits of setting and reaching your goals, you need to make sure that the goals you set, fit certain criteria.
Are you familiar with the S.M.A.R.T. Goals strategy?
S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym that stands for a list of criteria that each goal should meet. The letters stand for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
A smart goal should be:
- Specific enough that it isn't ambiguous.
- Measurable enough that you will know when you are making progress on it and know when you have reached it.
- Attainable enough that reaching it isn't impossible.
- Relevant enough that it will actually help you achieve success.
- Time-bound in the sense that you have a deadline that you are working toward rather than simply planning to reach the goal "someday".
By using the SMART goals approach, you can ensure that you are setting goals that will help you reach your overall goal in life - whatever that might be.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of S.M.A.R.T. Goals, I included some resources below that you can take a look at. They'll provide you with examples, show you how to set your own S.M.A.R.T. goals and the benefits of doing so.
To Your Success,