I must admit that I didn’t come up with this concept on my own. I saw it on one of the forums that I used to belong to, but for the life of me I can’t remember which one or I’d give that person credit.
Here’s something to remember when setting your goals for this year. Remember to be a smarty when setting your goals. Read further for an explanation.
S-Specific; Your goals should be something specific. Instead of saying I want to make more money this year, a specific goal would be I want to make 1000 more dollars this year than I did last year.
M-Measurable; A good goal is something that you can measure. So something like I want to have a more positive attitude is really not measurable enough. Saying something like, I want to say at least 2 more positive things per day is measurable.
A-Accountable; – In order to reach your goals you need to be held accountable. Whether you hire a coach or join a support group, you need to find someone to help you stay on track
R-Realistic; Be sure to set a realistic goal. It will help you to stick with your plan. So saying something like “I want to make a million dollars in a day.” isn’t very realistic. Saying “I want to make $100 dollars in one day” is more realistic for most people.
T-Targeted; I know this sounds like the Specific one, but it’s worth repeating. If you don’t know what you’re aiming for, you won’t know how close you are to achieving your goal.
Y-Yours; Finally be sure that the goal you are trying to achieve is something that YOU want to do. If the motivation is something outside of yourself, it will be tough to continue if that other thing goes away. So for example, if you’re trying to lose weight to please a significant other, if that significant other should leave the picture, your motivation for losing weight has just walked out the door.
Remember this acronym when you’re setting goals for this year and the year to come and you’ll be well on your way to living a successful life on your own terms.