Lesson 4 – Setting Goals and Targets

Setting Goals and Targets

SMART Goals

Read any self-improvement book and you will learn that hard work, focused goals and persistence are important (very important!) in getting to where you want to go in life. A smart person has come up with an acronym to help us remember these characteristics. Goals should be SMART!

S=SPECIFIC

When we make our goals too general we are not able to visualise them, and if we can not see them, we have a hard time devoting our efforts toward reaching them. We are more pertinent to do a good job of redecorating the bathroom if we have a picture in our mind of how it will look when it’s done.

M=MEASURABLE

If we can’t measure a goal, we have no idea how close we are to reaching it, and that can be de-motivating. For example, you have decided to put some money away from every month’s salary, to enable you to take a vacation during the holidays however, you have not set out a specific amount to save each month. and you do not have a set target to reach… you will be less motivated to achieve your goal.

A=ATTAINABLE

We often believe in the misperception that we should set high targets and goals for ourselves, in order to develop and broaden our horizons however, if we set unreachable goals and targets we will become more and more discouraged, and eventually give up. The most successful people in the world know this. They set a goal they know they can achieve, and as soon as they accomplish their goal, they set another. The reach their objective by taking one step at a time.

R=RELEVANT

Your goals should be relevant and make sense, or they will soon be discarded.

T=TIMED

Put a realistic deadline on your goals. A  deadlines is a great motivator for getting things done, and put these goals or targets in writing, so everyone will remember them all the time.

And put these goals or standards in writing, so everyone will remember them all the time.