Having a roadmap of where you want to go and what you want to do with your life greatly helps in achieving your goals and the things you dream of. It empowers yourself, builds up your confidence and keeps you on track of the direction you are heading.
Setting up objectives using the keywords SMART goals is one way of improving yourself and may serve as a guide on how to change your life in a positive way. For you to climb the ladder of success, you have got to have that target, things that you want to reach and are very passionate about, goals that you look up to.
These goals should be SMART goals – not just any goals but must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound goals.
For clarity of goal definition, first it should be specific, not vague and ambiguous. You must know the exact things that you really want and these goals must answer the 5 W’s. What is it that you really want to accomplish, why – the purpose of accomplishing that goal, who are the people involved, where the location is, and which requirements are needed.
The second keyword – measurable – stresses that a specific goal that is measurable will help you know if you’re already making progress in the completion of your target and thus stimulating you to take action. Measuring your goals greatly encourages you to keep doing better day by day.
In addition to being specific and measurable, a goal has to be attainable – but it must also be a challenging one that would motivate you. Not those boring goals that won’t even excite nor make you strive hard because struggles and greater challenges aid you on how to change your life for the better. You just have to eliminate the negative beliefs and set your subconscious mind that you can attain your goal.
A realistic and relevant goal is something worthwhile. It is realistic as well as attainable, within your resources, knowledge and time. It doesn’t mean that it cannot be high but something that you are willing to work passionately and persistently towards to.
Lastly, timely goals wherein a start and end date is set will enhance motivation and focus. With deadlines, you will really be encouraged to work within the time frame and produce quality and good outputs given the sense of urgency and pressure.
Furthermore, in making your goals smarter, it is likewise necessary to evaluate and re-evaluate your goals regularly.
Knowing and doing these smart goals may not be the only way to make your targets and aspirations in life a reality, but coupled with determination, persistence and passion, it is something that is of paramount importance in getting your way to success, fulfilling your lifetime dreams and in changing your life.