We need to know what we want to achieve to be able to find our way. As Seneca put it: “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable”.
Our goals set our direction and strategy to our acts and they are achieved through individual tasks and steps.
We should realize that already the point of setting our goals is a proactive way to gain control over our lives. Good goals imply many criteria, two of them being of highest importance:
Smart goals should respond to the following questions:
The following text will help you set your goals:
SMART is an acronym used in coaching (as well as in project management, etc.) for goals setting.
It is a way to evaluate the quality of goals (in terms of personal development or project) set within a certain plan. Furthermore, this term is also used for performance management with goals being parameters to be fulfilled.
Goals set should be ambitious and challenging, however not unreachable. Perhaps we should start by setting minor, easily achievable goals, and their achievement will boost our self confidence.
Let’s look at the letters standing for SMART acronym:
The more specific definition of the goal, the easier way to its achievement.
Otherwise it will not be possible to assess if we are heading towards them, and they cannot be controlled. Measuring means assessment to what extent the goal has been reached. Measuring parameters shall be measured in an exact way (dimensions, weight, amount, qualities, etc.).
The goal has to be yours, internally assigned and accepted by you. Should your goals be assigned by another person, they could not be internally accepted and you would always find something “more interesting” to do.
Each goal has to be realistic. It should be achievable in specific timeframe using relevant tools, knowledge and resources.
Should the goal not have a clear time frame, it resembles a vision. With a deadline set, the goal becomes binding.
Your task is to note down at least three goals that will help you achieve your WHY. Use the SMART methodology. For more complex goals, use SMART methodology also to break the goal down into individual steps and activities needed to achieve the goal.
Should you still feel unsure how to do it, ask yourself the following questions:
GOAL No. 1 I will find a new job as main employment in my hometown by 10 October of this year.
GOAL No. 2 This week, I will practice yoga every day after I wake up for 30 minutes.
GOAL No. 3 Every day I will spend at least one hour with my son reading.
|MY GOAL (using SMART)||WHICH TASKS / ACTIVITIES I MUST PERFORM TO ACHIEVE IT|