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Everyone has dreams and hopes for the future. Often, we really want something but are unsure of how to get there, or the thing we want seems so far away that it doesn’t seem like it’ll ever happen. Regardless of what your goal is or how big or small it is, if you’re a young person who wants to accomplish something, you need to set goals.
Once you have a goal in your mind, you’ve reached the first step to goal setting. Unfortunately, goal setting isn’t just as simple as thinking of an idea that you’d like to happen, then trying to achieve it. Achieving your goals can be really difficult, especially without motivation and direction. The best way to stay motivated and be successful is to set SMART goals.
What are SMART goals?
Setting SMART goals are a really common method used by many! You’ll probably encounter SMART goals soon in life if you haven’t already, particularly if you’re going to college, university, or are starting your career. However, it’s never too early to start using this tried and tested method to create goals.
SMART is an acronym that can be used to easily build and assess your goals to see if they are effective. The criteria of a SMART goal are highly influenced by the goal-setting theory by Locke and Latham, but in a neatly tied package that is much easier to understand and implement.
A SMART goal stands for…
- Specific – States exactly what you’d like to accomplish
- Measurable – Progress is trackable and you know when you’d like to acheive it by
- Attainable – It is possible for you to acheive your goal
- Relevant – It is alligned with your values, interests and other goals
- Timeley – Includes a firm but fair deadline
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SMART goals in practice
Let’s look at an example of setting a SMART goal. You may be wanting to feel fitter and healthier and therefore, have a goal of regularly exercising. Now let’s turn this goal of regular exercise into a SMART goal.
I will exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes per day, three times per week by March 1st.
How about you’d like to show appreciation for your family and take the pressure off some of the household work. How can you make this a SMART goal?
I will cook dinner for my family every Wednesday night between 5-7pm. I will plan exactly what I’ll be cooking on the Friday before so I can make sure we have all the ingredients.
Now it’s your turn! think about some of the SMART goals that you’d like to form for the new year, and write them down so you don’t forget. Remember to keep track of your progress so you can be on track.
If you’re not so keen on setting smart goals, why not check out some new year’s resolution alternatives.