We all have dreams and ambitions for our future, whether that be to obtain a new job, find a life long partner or simply eat healthy and move more. But the difference between those that achieve them and those that don’t come down to how they approach obtaining these desires. This is where SMART goals comes into play. Setting yourself some short and long term goals can be a powerful tool to get you want, if you learn it the right way…
All of us get to a point in our lives where we question what it is we want to do with our lives and get lost in a state of complacency. For some of us this can lead to considerable unhappiness where we drift aimlessly without purpose from day to day just surviving. Well enough is enough! It’s time to learn how to regain purpose and take control of your destiny for happiness, health and satisfaction.
We all want to be successful in life which means different things to different people. What ever that success looks like, those that achieve it all got there with SMART goal setting.
SMART stands for:
- Specific – dont complicate what you want to achieve. Make it focused and clear in what your objective is, not ambiguous and vague.
- Measurable – define exactly what you will see or have when you achieve the goal.
- Achievable – make sure your goal is something within reach. Don’t set a SMART goal that has barriers that prevent you from achieving it that are outside your control like affordability, time availability or other resource access.
- Relevant – goals must be relevant to you and no-one else. Don’t let others create goals for you like losing weight, becoming famous or going for a job you really dont want.
- Timely – set a timeline in achieving your goal with steps that work towards getting you closer to break it down into smaller chunks.
Once you have written your SMART goals it’s time to implement them and get closer to your happy spot. Here are a few tips to get you there and manage your goals to achieve success:
- Remember not to aim too high, set goals that sit somewhere in the middle of basic contentment to ultimate dream. It must push and challenge you but be achievable and not totally out of reach. Don’t set yourself up for failure before you even begin
- Write it down and tell someone about it. Take ownership of your goals and be accountable for the steps you set to get yourself there.
- Devise yourself a step by step process and plan on a week by week basis to breakdown the tasks that will get you where you want to be. Don’t expect to achieve your goal overnight without putting in the hard yards to get yourself there.
- Set small tasks each day, week or month and stick to it with some flexibility. Set dedicated time to doing these tasks and follow through. If life gets in the way and you are unable to fulfill the task on the set day, have flexibility and discipline to do it on the next available day.
- Evaluate and reassess your goal regularly. Things change, priorities change and you need to change your goals to suit your situation. Accept that plans will change, be flexible and never lose sight of the big picture.
If you can put all these into practice you will be right on track to achieving what it is you really want, unlock the secret to happiness, provide you purpose in life and reignite your energy to live.
So what were your new years resolutions and what do you need to do to get back on track? Evaluate your goals and reassess before its too late. It’s never to late to adapt, be flexible and start a plan to get you on your journey to success, whatever that may look like.
Jennifer Madz, Senior Dietitian