Welcome back to the second part of this article about how to set SMART goals. Do you remember what SMART stands for?
That’s right… SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ATTAINABLE, REALISTIC and TANGIBLE or TIMELY.
There are also 7 steps involved in SMART goal setting … and
The “7 Steps” are:
Step 1: GET CLEAR
To begin with you must get clarity about where you really are now….
1 What did you love last year or in the past? What were some of your Magic Moments?
A What was magical and extraordinary?
B What did you accomplish last year (or in the past)?
C What are some of the things from last year (or the past) you want to duplicate in the future?
2 What did you hate last year (or in the past)?
A What was challenging in the past?
B What do you not want to happen again?
C What did you learn by going through these experiences? Why were they incredibly valuable?
3 What decisions did you make in the past that were empowering for you?
A What were some of the most important decisions of this year for you?
B What decisions might you make in the future as a result?
Step 2: GET CERTAIN
Once you know where you are, you need to create certainty about your capacity to take anything you dream about and make it real.
1 Write down anything in your life that was once merely just a goal, dream or desire. What are some of the big and little things that at one time seemed extremely difficult or impossible to achieve or acquire?
2 Circle the two or three items on your list that seemed the most impossible or hard to achieve
3 For the 2 or 3 items you circled, write down the steps you went through to turn each of them into a reality. You may not have done it consciously, but it’s likely something stimulated you to want them- so much so that it may have become a magnificent obsession for you.
Then, did you focus on it continuously? Did you put a lot of emotional charge into it? Then what? Did you actually create a plan? What were the steps you went through?
Step 3: GET EXCITED
Now that you are clear about where you’ve been and you have the certainty about your ability to make your goals and dreams real, its time to decide where you want to go…. You need to get excited and inspired by the prospect of realising your goal(s).
1 In a ‘peak’ state (i.e. highly associated to the feelings of passion and excitement) write down every goal you think you’d like to achieve in the next 20 years.
Yes I did say the next 20 years!! Why settle for a small life?
Be sure to include ANYTHING you want to do, be, share, create, have and give. Include financial goals, personal development goals, physical goals, health and contribution goals.
Anything you’d like to learn, enjoy or do. No matter how silly or outrageous it may seem, this is your chance to dream without limits. Be sure to keep your pen moving as fast as possible! (Imagine you are a child writing a wish list for Father Christmas and you can have 2 of everything!)
2 When you are finished, go through your list and next to each item, write down the number of years you want it to take (or believe it will take) to achieve. (Write 1 year, 2-5 years, 5 years, 10 years or 20 years)
Step 4: GET FOCUSED
Out of your list of goals (from Step 3), circle your top four one year goals.
“It’s not what’s happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it’s your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you’re going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny.” Tony Robbins
Step 5: GET COMMITTED
1 For each of your top four one year goals, write a paragraph about why they are “musts” for you to achieve them.
What are the reasons you absolutely will achieve this no matter what? Remember, reasons come first, answers come second? Why do you want to do this?
2 What are some of the things that you may need to do that you don’t want to do in order to achieve these goals? If you have enough passion, you can get yourself to do anything, but first you must be certain about what “anything” might entail. Let’s look the tiger in the eye!
Step 6 : GET MOMENTUM
Never leave the site of setting a goal without taking some action towards its attainment. You must take immediate action.
1 Decide now: What is one small thing that you will do immediately towards achieving one of your top goals (e.g. making a phone call, booking a meeting, getting on the internet to research, signing up for a seminar, getting a coach etc. )?
2 What is one big thing that you resolve to do immediately to achieve this goal (e.g. making a decision, throwing out all the unhealthy food in your house right now, giving something away etc.)?
Step 7 : GET SMART
To make sure you follow through, you have to get smart and measure yourself consistently.
If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it and the more you measure it the better it gets.
Most people set some vague, non specific goals around New Year, with no clear plan or direction; they take no action and only measure again next New Year’s Eve and wonder why they don’t seem to be getting to where they want to be! Don’t let yourself become one of them.
Resolve now to measure your specific progress daily, or at least once a week and if you find it hard to hold yourself accountable then give me a call and I’ll make sure you keep the momentum going!
GOOD LUCK and have FUN!
And seriously….if you’d like a hand with this exercise, please feel free to contact me as I’m more than happy to help.