Set Smart Goals

Are you setting smart goals?

Written by

Lana Sheppard

Lana has a passion for learning and personal growth. BizAcademi was created to revolutionize how business owners build a business that creates meaning, fulfilment, and freedom. 

It’s normal to get so excited about what we plan to achieve that we overlook certain aspects of the goals we make; however, in order to meet those goals we need to make sure that they meet certain criteria. 

Key things to think about

Okay, I’m going to assume that before you read this blog post you have a clear picture of what your future holds – either for you or for your business (if not, I suggest this article first!).

1. Your goal is specific.

In order to avoid wasting energy, you need to be able to define exactly what you wish to accomplish. The more precisely you define your goal, the less confusion there will be about what you need to accomplish in order to reach it. 

Tip: try answering the W’s when outlining what it is you want to accomplish.

 

2. The results are measurable.

If you can’t measure your progress, how will you know when you’ve accomplished what you’ve set out to do? A measurable goal contains smaller steps that can be completed. Make sure that you also include the measures by which you will judge your progress as you work towards achieving the goal. 

 

3. You can (actually) reach your goal.

Do you have access to the resources that are required to obtain the results you want? Depending on your goal, a resource could refer to time, money, social support, emotional resilience, control, guidance, etc.

 

4. Keep it relevant.

It is here that “smart” becomes more than an acronym. Is your goal consistent with your objectives and other things that you wish to accomplish? Does it fit with immediate and long-term plans? Is it meaningful and in line with your values, dreams, and passion? Your goal should have a value to you, and reaching it should further support your vision. 

 

5. It has a deadline.

Smart goals hold you accountable. Without a deadline, it’s easy to put things off and set tasks aside for you to do “later”. Normally, smaller tasks can be completed quickly and can be assigned a stricter deadline than larger tasks.

 

6. You frequently review your goal.

Things change. It’s important to review your goal often, not only to make sure that you are on the right track but to make sure that your goal is still relevant, that it still fits within the framework of the bigger picture of your future.

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