It’s that time of year again… cue “new year, new me” posts! Although there is absolutely no pressure to set new year’s resolutions, for some the new year can symbolize a fresh start. If this sounds like you, below is an explanation of SMART goals, which will help you to create goals that will set you up for success!
S – specific. Make your goals as specific as possible so you know exactly what you plan to accomplish. One way to do this is by answering the 5 W’s (who, what, where, when, which). Ask yourself, “what do I want to accomplish, why is this important, who is involved, where will this occur, and which resources will be involved.”
M – measurable. Measurable goals help you to track your progress. Think about quantifying your goals by asking “how much” or “how many.” You want to know how to identify when your goal will be accomplished.
A – attainable. Your goals should be realistic and achievable. Goals should push you outside of your comfort zone, but they also should be possible.
R – relevant. Try to set goals that are important to you. If you set goals that you are not interested in, then they will be much more difficult to achieve and you may feel less motivated.
T – time. Finally, establish time-specific goals. This means establishing deadlines for your goals.
To help demonstrate SMART goals, here are some examples:
I want to improve my GPA to 3.4 by the end of this semester in April. I am going to hire a tutor and talk to my professors.
By June 2021, I’d like to gain 5 new clients. I will meet this goal by attending virtual network events.
If you would like some more information about setting goals, or would like some support to review your current goals, please don’t hesitate to reach out and book an appointment.