We all know the benefits of goal setting and have heard about making it SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. We also have heard many times to make sure you write your goals down. All sounds very easy in theory, but how do you even decide what goals you want?
When I took on my first coach, I finally had the opportunity to decide what goals I wanted and better yet I got to the step of making them SMART and writing them down. So what made this process different to what I was trying to do before?
- We started off by reviewing all the areas of my life and applying a rating of where I thought I was in each of those areas right now
- We then looked at the areas where the rating was lowest and picked 3 areas to focus on
- With each of the 3 areas, I then had to decide what would change the rating to 100%
- From there I had to then take those ideas and turn them into a SMART goal, with a clear measure and timeframe for each
- Then commit to it – write it down on paper
- Finally start getting excited about what it would mean to achieve these goals
Simple right? So how many of us actually even get past step 1 – probably not many of us. So the next question is what do you need to do differently to get through all the six steps to come out with 3 clear exciting goals.
I encourage you to have a go, and let me know how you get on – did you manage to come up with 3 clear goals, what worked well, what didn’t work well? Good luck!