Why setting goals is essential and celebrating small wins is a must
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Gandhi
The beginning of a new month is a great time to start fresh with a clean slate. It’s also the perfect opportunity to set attainable goals you can manage. Your goals are personal to you and can be for your business, your health, and your referrals. Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals- specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely- will help you to accomplish more than general goals ever could.
To help you hone in and achieve the goals that you need to succeed, we’ve created a goal-setting cheat sheet just for you!
S.M.A.R.T Goal Model:
Specific: The more clear you are, the more attainable the goal. Make it concrete so you can practically see it, smell it, and touch it, being able to picture your goal will make it real.
Measureable: Set your goal up in a way that is easy to measure your progress and check in at specific increments to make sure you’re on track. Establish specific criteria to ensure your goal is contributing to moving you in the direction you want to go.
Attainable: Once you clearly identify what you want to achieve, you can start to find ways to get there. You’ll develop skills, make room in your budget, and carve out the time to make your goal a reality.
Realistic: Goals come in all shapes and sizes, some hard to reach, some right at your fingertips. Whatever your goals are, make sure they are something you are both willing and able to work towards. Some goals are easier to accomplish and others are a labor of love, but each are necessary to ultimately get you where you want to be.
Timely: Give yourself a certain amount of time to accomplish your goal (a year, a month) and then break it down into smaller chunks so it doesn’t seem so overwhelming. Breaking your goals up helps to make them seem less daunting- as you check things off your list, you’ll be re-invigorated to keep going.
Your turn! Now that you understand the framework of how to set your goals, write them down. Recording them will help you work through your ideas so you can be as specific as possible.
First assess your long-term goals, then focus on 3 specific objectives for the month that are directly contributing to achieving your long term goals.
Maybe you would like to teach cooking classes
Maybe you would like to return to school
Start small with one action each day towards your goal. In time you will look back and see how far you have come. You can’t attack it all at once, just one action step per day.
Keep us posted, if you write it down it will happen.
Wishing you wind beneath your sails! Hugs