Many people use the acronym S.M.A.R.T for goal setting. This means they must be:
Specific –> Exactly what do you want to achieve and why? Getting the why part written down shows you in writing and gets more specific and in detail.
Measurable –> How can you measure this goal? Measuring your goals helps you understand and plan how your going to fulfill and complete each goal.
Attainable –> Make sure each goal your setting isn’t too hard to complete in a short time frame. Example winning the lottery isn’t a truly attainable, realistic, or measureable goal. The lottery is 1 in a million change to attain.
Relevant –> Make sure your goals match your plans and activity to achieve them. Example, Wanting to loose 20 pounds while eating foods not relevant to attaining that goal isn’t possible and does not match what your intending to achieve.
Time based –> Setting a few different time frames to complete each step to complete the goal helps ensure they will be completed.
Each goal you set should go by the S.M.A.R.T concept along with written down plans on steps to achieve them. Each goal should be broken down into small steps in order from start to finishing the goal. Cross off each small step as they are completed.
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