When you are ready to start setting goals here are some suggestions on how to set goals. You need to set your goals in a way that’s Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. This is also known as setting S.M.A.R.T. goals.
Here’s what it means to set a S.M.A.R.T. goal
- Specific: Your goal is clear and well-defined
- Measurable: You can measure the progress clearly
- Achievable: Your goal is possible and attainable for you to achieve
- Realistic: Not only should your goal be within reach, but it should also be relevant to your life purpose
- Time-bound: Your goal has a clearly defined timeline and due date
Setting yourself up for success
If you set vague goals for yourself, you’ll be setting yourself up for failure. That’s because you will have no way to measure your progress to see if you are moving in the right direction.
You may not even know when you’ve achieved the goal.
For example, let’s say you set the goal of becoming a great leader. It’s a great thing to aim for, but it’s not specific enough.
How will you know if you are moving in the right direction? At what point do you know you’ve succeeded?
You can set smaller goals towards your bigger goal of becoming a leader instead.
Here are some other tips to help you set your S.M.A.R.T. goals:
- Get in the mindset of setting life goals by reading personal growth books
- Ask yourself why you’re setting a goal before you set it do so
- Set goals about things you can control
- Phrase your goal in a positive tone — for example, “Do one hour of physical activity each evening” instead of “Watch less TV in the evening”
- For each goal, create an action plan and a to-do list