Let’s do a recap of what a SMART goal is. It was first used in 1981 by George Doran in Management Review. It’s an acronym for every condition needed in setting goals. They are as follows:
- Specific – It must be as detailed and well-defined as possible. This serves as a guide for the steps you need to take in order to reach that goal.
- Measurable -To better support being specific, it needs to be quantified. How much do you need to save? How many pounds do you need to lose? It’s pointless to set a goal without determining the quantity used to measure it. How will you know that you’ve achieved it?
- Attainable – This serves as a reality check. Are the goals you’re setting achievable or are you just shooting in the dark? You can have short and long term goals. Just assess what they are and see if it’s possible to get them in your current state.
- Relevant – Are your goals in line with that you want to happen in the future, both in life and in your career? This is where you develop your focus on what you really want.
- Time-bound – Set a deadline. This is crucial when setting goals. Commit to this deadline and the necessary actions to achieve your goal, and you’ll get there in no time.
A SMART goal is usually associated with businesses or your career growth but it is seldom used in other aspects of our lives. That’s when most people get burnt out. Our personal growth should never take a back seat. By using the SMART goal system, you’re more aware of what else you need to do holistically.
Do an inventory of where you are right now in these different aspects of your life and determine what your goals need to be:
- Physical – Are you at the ideal weight that you want? Have you always wanted to learn how to do make-up properly or dress well? Did you want to learn a new sport or a different style of dancing? You’re never too old to try anything new.
- Mental –Do you want to invest further in your education? Do you want to learn a new skill or a new language?
- Work/Financial – Do you want to have your own business? Do you want to climb up the corporate ladder? How about having that financial freedom or just getting yourself out of that debt?
- Spiritual – Do you need a long peaceful retreat? Do you need to reconnect and align yourself with your higher being?
- Social – Do you want to put yourself out there more? Do you want to spend time with your old friends since high school? Is strengthening the relationships you have with the people around you something that you want to do but you find yourself not being able to make time?
You can focus on three at a time but it really depends on you. It can feel like an obligation at times but it’s just really you putting yourself out there and getting out of that comfort zone. Know the value of what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.