Relevance is the R in the SMART Goals method of goal setting. This part of setting a goal is crucial because it ensures the goal is important to you. There’s no point in putting time and effort into a goal that doesn’t matter. Goals should drive you towards something significant. Make your goals worthwhile.
Ask Yourself Questions to Determine Relevance
Each goal should also align well with your other life or business plans. Decide the relevance of a goal by answering a few questions about the goal and your current life or business plans. Questions such as:
- Does this goal seem worthwhile? Is the tradeoff of time and effort worth the result?
- Does it align well with my other efforts and goals? Are other aspects of my life driving forward in the same direction?
- Is this the right time for this goal? Does this goal fit in with my personal goals? Does it make sense financially?
- Am I the right person for this goal? Is this goal attainable? Do I have the skills and ability for success in the goal?
Coming up with answers to these questions will help you determine the goal’s relevance in your life. Some of these questions are not necessarily straightforward. You will need to dig deep to answer some of these questions to find the real why of your desired goal, to know if it’s relevant enough to move forward.
If you want to advance in your field, an example of a goal relevant to your life might be to take courses to gain knowledge and experience for your desired position. This plan is worthwhile because it provides professional experience. You can take online courses at a convenient time. Online courses are often affordable, so most likely they will make financial sense. Ultimately, courses will propel you forward, toward an even bigger goal, your career advancement.
Relevance is an Important Part of Goal Setting
Relevance of a goal is an important part of goal setting. Deciding if a goal is relevant helps you match your goals to the rest of your life, helps you know if the goal matters to you, and if the time is right to achieve the goal. What will make your goals worthwhile?
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