Actively Review Your Goals

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Studies show that putting your SMART goals in writing and reviewing them regularly will increase your chance of success. Some studies show that you are as much as 42% more likely to follow through with your goals if you write them down! Writing your goals down helps you get a clear picture of your plan and what you want to accomplish. Logging your goals also helps motivate you to complete the tasks necessary to succeed. Actively review your goals to remind you of your plan and your why, boosting your motivation to keep progressing towards them.

Write Down Your Goals

Writing your goals down as you set them will help your brain encode the plan, further solidifying your goal. The mere act of writing an idea down makes you more likely to remember it. This is the reason college students take notes in lectures. Note taking gives you a much higher probability of remembering the information. Similarly, when you set your goal in writing, you have a better chance of success.

After writing out your goal, be sure to place it where you can see it easily. On the fridge, on your phone, on a mirror, or at your desk are all excellent areas where you can easily see your goal. You’ll be reminded and motivated to continue with your efforts.

Actively Review Your Goals

You should also take time to actively review your goals. Regularly, actively reviewing your written goals will increase your chance of success. An active review of your goal should include contemplating the reasons behind your goal (your why). Thinking of the reasons you set each goal will remind you why the goal matters to you, why you set it, and what you expect to gain from it. Reviewing your goal will give you renewed purpose and motivation, ultimately increasing your likelihood of success.

Countless studies find that writing out your goals produces higher success rates. Placing the words you’ve written in an easily accessible spot and actively reviewing your goals will also help ensure that you follow through with them.

I hope you’ve enjoyed 7 days of goal setting! In case you missed some of the posts, here they all are in one place:
Why Set Smart Goals?
How to Set Specific Goals
How Will You Measure Goal Progress?
Set Goals Within Reach
Make Your Goals Worthwhile
Set a Deadline for Your Goal

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Set a Deadline for Your Goal

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A deadline is an important motivator when you’re goal setting. That’s why the T in SMART Goals refers to time bound. When you set a deadline for your goal, you are better able to stay on track, focus on, and work towards it.

Deadlines also help with time management, making your goal easier to accomplish. Managing your time well helps you allocate your time toward achieving your goal. Parkinson’s Law states that work will expand to fill the time allotted. Your goals may fall to the wayside and be overtaken by everyday tasks if you don’t set time to work on them. It can be helpful to set your goals as tasks with deadlines in a project management tool such as Plutio.

Time bound goals have start and end dates. Setting a time frame for yourself will give you a sense of urgency. It’s easy to get caught up in everything you need to get done. Life, work, and family obligations often take over. Parkinson’s Law states that work will expand to fill the time allotted; other tasks will take over, if you let them. Time bound goals keep you focused by helping prioritize your everyday tasks. When the goal is time bound, it helps keep the goal in the forefront, with a sense of urgency.

Set Mini-goal Deadlines Along the Way

Mini-deadlines will help you keep motivated because you get to celebrate smaller successes along the way. Mini-deadlines are another way that time-bound goals help ensure success. Set some smaller deadlines along the way to your primary goal and reward yourself for those small successes along the way.

For example, if your goal is to walk for 30 minutes, 5 times a week for 3 months in the evening after you’re done work, the deadline is 3 months. An example of a useful mini-goal could be at the 1-week mark. If you check in with yourself every Friday evening and have followed through with walking for 30 minutes every evening that week, you have successfully completed your mini-goal. If you allow yourself a small reward for achieving the mini-goal, you will further solidify success.

Time sensitive goals are an important part of the SMART Goals method. Setting a deadline for your goal will increase your productivity and help ensure success.

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Make Your Goals Worthwhile

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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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Set Goals Within Reach

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The A in SMART Goals, stands for attainable. Although the goals you set should stretch you out of your comfort zone and excite you, set goals within reach.  If a goal is impossible to achieve, your efforts are futile. It is unproductive to put your time and energy toward a goal that will never be met. You will end up losing motivation and feel like giving up if you aren’t able to succeed. Instead, be sure to set a goal you can accomplish, to keep focus and motivation, and experience success.

Keep Success in Mind

Set attainable goals with success in mind. For example, you may want to set a goal to read more business books this year. Your goal might be, “I will read a business-related book every night before bed for 20 minutes, with my goal to finish one business book per month.” This goal is attainable because what you’re asking of yourself is reasonable and achievable. The goal also only involves one person – you – who will follow through to ensure success.

Setting Milestone Goals

Setting milestone goals can help you be successful. Milestone goals are small goals set along the way to your larger goal. For the example above, a milestone goal could be to check in with yourself once a week. Making yourself accountable is a great way to stay on track. If you have followed through with your goal for the week, reading your business book for 20 minutes every evening, you will know you are making progress toward your goal.

As we already know, tracking or measuring your progress helps with success. A project management tool such as Plutio or a simple habit tracker can help. Keep your goals challenging and set goals in reach and you will be on your way success this year.

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How To Set Specific Goals

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The S in SMART stands for specific goals. If you want successful goals that stick, making them specific is important. Goals that are too vague will set you up for failure. Here’s how to set specific goals.

For example, if one of your personal goals is to drink more water per day, “I will drink more water every day” is too general. Lack of specifics enables you to make excuses. This isn’t a detailed plan to help you follow through. Instead, clarify the specifics. Answering questions about your goal pinpoints your intention and narrows down the specifics.

Answer the 5 W’s to Set Specific Goals

Answer the 5 W’s of basic information gathering: who, what, when, where, and why. Answering these five questions will help you develop clarity and motivation for your goal. Answer these five questions to fine tune your goal:

  • Who will this goal involve?
  • What exactly do I want to accomplish?
  • When do I want to accomplish this goal?
  • Where will you achieve this goal?
  • Why is this goal important to me?

After answering these questions, your goal will  look something like, “I will drink 8 glasses of water every day – 2 glasses of water first thing in the morning, two glasses with lunch, two glasses after I hit the gym, and two glasses before bed to get healthier. This goal is specific and direct. It explicitly states what your expectations are for yourself and enables tracking/accountability.

Another example of a goal without detail and focus is “I will exercise more.” This goal is positive and relevant but lacks specifics. Answering the 5 W’s will provide the specifics you need to set meaningful, constructive goals you will achieve. After answering these questions, you will end up with a goal that sounds more like, “I will exercise at the gym for 45 minutes, every weekday morning before starting work.” This statement is a detailed plan for what, where, how and when you intend to follow through with your plan. These details will ensure your goal’s success more than the original vague statement.

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Why Set SMART Goals?

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It’s that time … the new year has just begun and you feel compelled to set New Year’s Resolutions. But New Year’s Resolutions are often hard to keep. How can you set and keep your goals this time?

Most of us set goals to improve our lives. We can relate goals to personal or professional progress. Without goals, there’s not much room for advancement and without the challenge of reaching a goal, life would be stagnant.  Although, we’re each responsible for following through on our goals, how we set them helps determine how successful they’ll be. Instead of vague New Year’s Resolutions, set SMART goals.

What Are SMART Goals?

The term SMART Goals is a method to set goals with greater success. SMART is an acronym that stands for:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time Bound

When you set SMART goals, you organize, focus, and get clarity on your goals. Research shows that using the SMART goals method can save you time and make it easier to reach your goals. SMART goals are easy to implement and can be used by anyone with the desire to improve their life by setting and achieving goals.

Why Setting SMART Goals Works

The SMART Goals method of goal setting works because it lays each step out for you to make success more likely.

The S stands for specific, meaning the goal needs to be clear and specific. When setting a goal for yourself, steer away from generalized statements such as “make more money”. The more precise the goal is the better. Set the amount of money you want to make this year instead.

M is for measurable. Measurable refers to tracking your progress. Your goal will be easier to meet if you assess progress along the way. Tracking your goal gives you more motivation and focus. Decide how you will track your goal, such as checking off progress each day in your daily planner or using your project management tool.

Next is A for attainable. Although your goals should help stretch you outside your comfort zone and push you to the next level, it’s important the goals you set remain achievable. Don’t make them so high that they’re completely out of your grasp!

R is for relevant goals, which is so important for success. The goals you set should be important to you and align well with your life and other goals you have set. If you’re excited about your goals and they fit into your life, you are more likely to follow through.

Finally, T is for time bound. Your goals need a deadline for you to be able to meet them. Deadlines will help keep you on track and focused. Plus, they give you opportunities to celebrate your small wins along the way.

By implementing the SMART Goals system, you will be able to achieve your goals faster and be more successful at meeting them. If you need help setting goals and making your plans for the year, check out my Strategic Planning VIP Day here. Establish your priorities with a streamlined 90-day plan plus a strategic plan for your 2021 year.

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