Friday, 11 October 2013

3 Steps to Smart Goal Setting by: TJ Philpott

Smart goal setting starts with learning not to set yourself for failure. You may have all the ambition in the world but if your goals are not achievable or otherwise beyond your reach you will experience much frustration. The danger in this is not only the wasted time and effort but also that you may be discouraged from setting goals in the future and that would be a terrible shame. 

Here are 3 requirements you will want your goals to meet to increase the chances that you can and will actually accomplish them. 

Must Be Focused 

The objectives you establish for yourself must be clearly defined and specific in order for you to put together a plan as to how you will accomplish them. Consider your goals a target, which is exactly what they are, and with that said if they are not in focus how can you expect to hit them? 


It is very important that whatever it is you want to achieve is something that is attainable in regards to your particular skill sets and other available resources that may be required. The danger in setting goals that are not realistic is that the disappointment you experience may dissuade you from ever doing so again! Making an accurate and honest assessment of the 'tools' and resources you have to work with and how they measure up to what it is you want to achieve should be your first step. 


There must exists a means to determine your progress since once again if you are not seeing results your frustration levels will rise along with the temptation to quit!. This help you makes adjustments if needed and also keeps you motivated provided progress is being made. Remember that along with the ambition you may possess, your motivation is a huge factor in whether you will be successful at achieving what you have set put to accomplish. In addition a realistic time table needs to be established to help you better measure your progress! 

Smart goals setting involves establishing objectives that are not only suitable for your skill sets but measurable as well. Setting goals is an admirable thing but even if you have all the ambition in the world you likely will not reach them if you get overly frustrated. When establishing your goals the key is to determine ahead of time if they fit your talents and/or resources and will you be able to chart your progress. If both these requirements are not met if is likely your goals will not be met either.

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