Having a simple setting goals template can ease a lot of the mind clutter that comes with outlining what you want and need to accomplish.
The setting goals template that I use has helped friends, clients and myself, for over ten years. I believe in SMART goals when it comes to making strides within the different areas of our lives. While they may not fit every situation, SMART goals can make a big impact on many of them. Reflect on the questions listed on the worksheet to ensure the goals you are setting fit the qualities of a SMART one.
The Action Plan for Completing Your Goal Worksheet included will help you plan HOW you will complete the goals you have set. Setting completion dates for the action items will help you determine where to focus your time and efforts. It is essential to be as specific as possible to keep yourself accountable and on track to meeting your goals.
why smart goals help you succeed
I believe that to get what you want and need out of life you should: Plan for it; set goals; and track your progress. This includes recording your accomplishments and setbacks. I use S.M.A.R.T goals as a guideline to achieving my goals. S.M.A.R.T goals were first introduced to me when I entered the hospitality industry. I have been able to incorporate this practice into all areas of my life over the last 20ish years.
What does SMART stand for?
S.M.A.R.T stands for Specific, Measurable, Action-based, Realistic, and Time-bound. For example, it’s easy to say you want to be debt-free but without a game plan, you won’t know when or where to start. Shape your goals in a S.M.A.R.T way to hold yourself accountable.
Specific is the what, why and how of your goal. Use action words to describe the steps you will take.
Ask yourself the following questions:
1. What will I accomplish by reaching this goal?
2. Why do I want to accomplish this goal?
3. Why is this important to me?
4. How am I going to achieve this goal?
Measurable checkpoints are your energy and motivation to attain your goals. If you’re unable to measure your progress, you’ll never be able to manage it. Checkpoints can be scheduled weekly or monthly. Daily checkpoints can become overwhelming for some. Find what works best for you to hold you accountable and working towards your goals.
Action-based efforts are always effective. When you really focus on your goal, the energy needed to activate your skills and abilities will come. You also find that people and opportunities will come into your life to help you with your reaching your goals. If you’re unsure of the avenues you should take, reach out to people able to help. Never allow fear to stop you from asking for help when necessary.
Realistic goals are essential for successfully accomplishing the goals you set in your life. A goal of becoming a millionaire in one week will not cut it! Evaluate where you are and what you have. If your goal is unrealistic, you will lose motivation and it will not happen.
Time-bound is a concept that has to be incorporated carefully. Every goal needs a set time-frame, however, you do not have to beat yourself up if you don’t meet your original goal in the time that you set. Evaluate what caused you to miss the goal date, make adjustments and continue on your course to greatness!
Remember, every step accomplished along the way is a goal met so to celebrate the small victories along the way.