As per my personal promise to you dear readers in Life Happens, Café con Leite has made it to four posts in the month of October (YAY). In celebration of this feat and the new coming month of November, this “Life” post in the Life. Travel. Coffee. sequence of the blog features the topic of goal setting.
What is a goal?
If you are like most other people, a goal may be something you set for yourself only later to break as life develops new priorities. We discussed in Work-Life Balance how easy it is to lose sight of these goals amongst competing priorities, particularly if you have a busy work and home schedule.
The dictionary definition of the word “goal” is:
the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
Although we often lose sight of them and even abandon them altogether, goals are important. They push us towards progress and towards new accomplishments. Goals give us the opportunity
“But I don’t have time.”
“I’m too busy”
“I can’t because I have to______ (fill in the blank)”.
I get it. I am equally as guilty of using each of these excuses. The key to goal setting is not only to make a goal but to have a plan to accomplish that goal. One trick to goal setting is the S.M.A.R.T. method. The S.M.A.R.T. method encourages you to reflect on the goal you are setting in a way that makes it measurable and accomplishable. Let’s take a look.
As reflected in this illuminating image (pun intended), the key to goal setting is to:
Be clear about what you want to accomplish.
- What is your goal? Why have you chosen this as a goal?
- What is the benefit of accomplishing this goal?
- How will you make this goal a priority?
Make your goal measurable.
- Having a measurable goal is key in tracking your progress in accomplishing that goal. While goal tracking is an added task, it provides a constant reminder of the goal and the steps you are (or are not) taking towards the achievement.
- When will you achieve your goal by? What is your timeline? How will you measure the steps towards achieving your ultimate goal?
- Measure your progress! Reward yourself for making progress and take action when you are off track.
Have a goal that is achievable.
- What does this mean? If you can define what achievement means to you in reaching this goal and the goal is possible, it is achievable. Don’t give up.
- Rome wasn’t built in a day. You may not reach a large goal in a day either.
- Again, measurement is important here. If you are being over-ambitious, reevaluate your timeline and plan. Allow yourself flexibility but remember that you can only make progress if you take action.
- Your goal should be timely. The longer the wait, the longer it will take to achieve your goal. Focus on the things you can do right away and take action on them.
- Form a team (or find a partner)
- Working towards goals with others allows for a friendly push and can help with motivating you to stay on track.
- Don’t be afraid of failure.
- You missed your personal goal deadline? Fine. Keep pushing! Evaluate what went wrong and try again. The only true failure is to give up.
What goals are you setting for the month of November? Are you prepping goals for 2018?
Small goals are goals too! What goals have you set for yourself this week? Do you have daily goals?
What are your goal-setting tips? What have you accomplished so far?