Here is the “SMART” model of goal setting:
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Achievable
R = Relevant
T = Time-bounded
Setting Goals Can Seem Overwhelming at Times:
If you are like me- you may have some rather large, ambitious goals. You probably have 20 LARGE goals! You may set out with full momentum to achieve every goal you set to only fizzle out and quit. Then you feel frustrated because you didn’t meet ANY of your goals. The SMART model is a great guide for goal setting. I want to take it a step further and give you 2 helpful tips to set you up for success this year.
1. Start with ONE MAJOR goal.
Yes I know, I know- it’s so hard! There is so much to improve on and accomplish. I have ADD like no one else and focusing on just ONE MAJOR goal seems impossible. The reality is, having SEVERAL major goals is impossible. ONE is very possible. When I say MAJOR- I’m talking BIG numbers, something that really stretches your faith and will take all your effort, energy and focus to attain. Don’t make the mistake I did and create several HUGE projects/goals at once. It’s not pretty!
2. Having relentless focus on ONE MAJOR goal will actually permeate in all areas of your life.
When you make a decision to lose 50 pounds this year you will naturally change your eating habits, increase your exercise and improve your overall health. This will result in greater energy, a better mood and an ability to focus more clearly and be more productive. With this new energy and productivity you have gained from setting ONE MAJOR goal you can see that it has built momentum to keep it up. Other things will start to align and adjust as well. You may find that along with the self control you developed with your eating habits that you also have more self control with your spending. In my experience- Having one goal has actually helped me to achieve SEVERAL goals without even making that a sole focus.
What have your experiences with goal setting been?
For more about goal setting, check out our page here: MovedByPurpose – Goals
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