Have you ever wanted something but had no idea where to start? There are a lot of people who think the same thing. A goal can be set in any area of your life, such as career, finances, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, friends and family, and even the community. Often, the goal can be related to multiple aspects of your life. For example, you may want to earn more money in your career to be more financially stable. Where in the world should you start?
First, come up with a specific, measurable goal. State it positively and simply. Think BIG! When you are specific with your goals, you are three times more likely to reach your goal. Create your plan the SMART way.
Specific – Clearly state and define your goal.
Measurable – Ensure you can measure the process and your success.
Attainable – Be sure to set goals you know you can achieve.
Relevant – Set a goal relevant to your life, career, education, and/or relationships.
Time-based - You must also choose a target time to achieve the goal. Is it a short-term goal (three months), a medium-term goal (within three years), or a long-term goal (over three years)?
Think of any obstacles that might “get in the way.” What stands between you and your goal? You should include both tangible and nontangible barriers. These can include a lack of finances, time, support, education, and even fear. You then need to come up with solutions to those obstacles. Again, find tangible and intangible resources you can use to help pursue your goal. Examples include self-confidence, support from other people, education, time, and money.
You then should list out the action steps to achieve your goal. This is breaking down your goal into small steps. List descriptions of each step, a target date, and a reward for completing each step. By rewarding yourself for each step, you are positively reinforcing your behavior. These rewards can be anything from getting your favorite candy bar to a nice bubble bath to a movie night with popcorn at the theater.
Next, you should write down what achieving this goal means to you. List all the benefits for yourself, your family, friends, and the community if it applies to your goal. After viewing your goal and the steps you will need to take to achieve it, ask yourself if you are willing to do what it takes to achieve your goal. Is it worth it?
You may choose to amend your goal over time. This can be because your interest or focus has changed or to help make your goal more obtainable, given your current situation. Some goals take time, so remember to be patient with yourself and, above all, give yourself grace! You got this!!!