Goals are dreams with deadlines. They are a description of what you want to accomplish. You can create goals in any area of your life. There are five aspects to setting a goal that will help you achieve the result you desire. Make each of your goals S.M.A.R.T.
S=Specific. A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. Let's use exercise for an example. If I say "This year I am going to exercise". Do you think that will happen? What will motivate me? But if I say "This year I will exercise three times a week". Now I have something specific to take notice of. And I can get motivated because there is now a time frame and this goal can be measured. If I don't work out three times a week, then I don't meet my goal.
M=Measurable. Every goal you make should be measurable. How will you know when it is accomplished. Let's take the exercise goal. I will know whether or not I have been successful when I am at the gym three times a week. If that doesn't happen, then I have not achieved my goal.
A=Attainable. Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Set your goals big enough to stretch you and small enough to be attained within the time frame and resources available. In my exercise example, let's say I just had a baby and have two other small children. Is it realistic to expect I can get to the gym three times per week? Maybe or maybe not. Take into consideration the season you are in when you are setting goals. Don't set goals just to set a goal.
R=Relevant. Is your goal relevant to your life now? This is similar to the attainable question. Know your season. Know your capacity. Know your schedule. Know your rhythm of life. With the exercise example, let's say this goal is something that your doctor suggests to get you in a healthy habit or a new lifestyle rhythm. That makes it a very relevant goal to your life now.
T=Timely. A goal should be grounded within a time frame. This gives it a sense of urgency. It is important to have deadlines. Imagine setting the exercise goal like this, "I'm going to exercise three times a week from now on." That is a little daunting. It may be true, but without any parameters or an end-date, it can feel overwhelming. When do you celebrate your success? When do you feel like you have accomplished the goal?
As you set goals in your life, don't make too many goals or you will not succeed in any of them. It's hard to persevere when there are many to keep track of. Think about December 2019. What do you want to be able to say that you accomplished this year? Start with that vision and set your goals from the end point.
Welcome 2019 with expectation for a great year! Let this be your best year yet. If you need help in this area of getting focus and would like a mentor coach to guide you through the process of making some changes to your lifestyle, check out the mentor coach page on the website: www.kristentschida.com/mentor-coach.