SMART Goals - Your Way Of Achieving What You Want
SMART goals - a very popular way of goal setting , or so we are told. And it does work. But what do we understand of the process. How does it work? What happens if we leave a step out? Is this the answer to our 'goals' prayer?
What is this method of goal setting?
SMART is a popular way of looking at setting goals. To give clarity to our thoughts and direction to our efforts. Follow this SMART goals method and you'll be well on your way to setting goals that really do mean something to you, that you can go for with confidence and conviction, and that you can achieve. And your part of the bargain - give focus, effort and action and you can achieve that which you would like to achieve.
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Pretty good, eh? I wonder who thought of SMART goals - definitely an inspired moment . . .
My approach . . . ?
I have thought long and hard how to present some original material about this popular and well covered subject. As with other pages on this website, I did not wish to just copy what others have said or written, but rather come up with an interesting, informative yet (in this case an) analytical approach.
So rather than having one page for the whole SMART goals 'method' I intend to offer
And the content will look at what we can really learn, and put into practice, with this shrewd and canny approach to setting goals. Goal setting is good for us and an essential element in a productive and satisfying life.
Better understanding of the process can only lead to us setting clearer and more relevant goals, and then putting in the effort to achieving them - which is the point of the exercise.
As with anything, knowing the process is one thing. Carrying it out is another. Putting that effort in when we really would rather be doing something else is one of the secrets of success - yet really no secret is it? This can range from performing a simple task at one end of the spectrum, and a difficult and unyielding challenge at the other.
Knowing what we want
This is the real step. Know what you want. If you don't have a clue, then how will any method or approach help you and could indeed become more of a hindrance than a help.
Know what you want and SMART goal setting can help you get there, reach your goal, take the prize. But you do have to know what you want.
At times this is easy. Your kettle is broken. You need a cup of tea. You have to use a saucepan to boil the water. Time to buy a new kettle. How can any method help with this little challenge?
How can SMART goal setting help you buy your kettle?
Yet you still don't have your kettle, do you? We know we need it. We can see what the task is and it feels good and right - and in a SMART way, but . . .
We still have to go out and source it and purchase it and put it into action in our kitchen.
Not rocket science
So nothing there is beyond any of us. But we do have to put the effort in and put our planning to good effect. We do have to make some decisions. And how easy does that come to us in our full and busy lives?
Yes we can do this. We can use our intelligence and perform. And achieve more than we thought we could with a little application, with a little effort. With focus and dedication, with determination and commitment - what can not be achieved?
One step at a time
Small steps breed success and instill confidence. Hard to get into the process? Then start small and work you way up. No point putting a huge hurdle in front of you to start with, is there?
Set little tasks and plan to achieve them. Tnen reset the next task.
Reset is one of the keys
SMART goals and well planned goal setting will take you so far. Then you have to put the effort in. But once you've achieved your goal what should you do?
Have a rest - maybe. Congratulate yourself - perhaps. Reassess and move on. And when the next hurdle arrives - tackle that with renewed energy and fortitude. And all in the knowledge that having achieved one thing you CAN achieve more.
Give yourself that break. Believe. Plan. Decide. Act. Achieve.
Go chase your dreams and goals.
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