Setting Goals that matter
There are techniques that are somewhat popular for establishing realistic goals. One of the techniques follows the acronym call SMART. SMART goals have five components (as you could guess).
S, Specific, the goal must be well defined, not large.
M, Measurable, how are you going to measure the results/outcome.
A, Actionable, can it be done
R, Relevant, does it make sense to do.
T, Timely, a specific date/time in which the goal will be completed.
This is just a process to nudge your thinking a bit so that realizable goals can be achieved. One of the big items on the list is “measurable” what are you going to do to make sure you are making adequate progress towards the goal. The axiom “you can’t manage what you don’t measure” holds true. Part of goal setting is managing the progress or lack of progress that is being made.
Many people start the New Year off with some resolutions, I RESOLVE to do X before the end of the year. What happens is that X might be too big to accomplish, or it might not be measurable, or actionable (too many other things get in the way of getting the goal accomplished), the goal was relevant and the timeframe wasn’t realistic.
One of the best ways for success is to start small and get easy and early victories. Set the goal so that it is attainable (which is sometimes used for the letter A in SMART). Why start with a huge goal when what you really need are small successes (people are encouraged by making progress). Celebrate the small successes with rewards that are meaningful (and hopefully ones that don’t compromise the initial goal).
Work hard, work steady, work consistently, and work with courage.
The goal is yours!