It’s a funny thing about goals.  People either love goal-setting and enjoy the process or they hate goal-setting and find it restrictive and de-motivating. Which camp are you in?

S.M.A.R.T Goal-Setting

I am a firm believer in the SMART goal-setting system because I’ve seen the difference it made when I started following the steps. You see, in the past, I would set lofty goals but did not include the “T”, which relates to being time-sensitive or time-bound.  In addition, since I did not break down my steps into smaller chunks, it often became overwhelming.  It was in 2014 that I began using and embracing the SMART goals formula.

Once I understood the 5 parts, it created a new dimension in my ability to accomplish my goals:

S = Specific

M = Measurable

A = Achievable (must make you stretch

R = Realistic

T = Time-bound

However, I must admit that despite the clear guidelines, there’s really no set formula for goal-achievement. Many persons, including coaching clients, have told me that they prefer the word vision rather than “goal.” So how can you achieve a middle ground so that that the purpose is realized and the outcomes are desirable?

Whether you chose to see it as your ultimate vision or as goal-achievement, here are 5 steps to increase your chances of success.

1) Make it Realistic – When you set a goal, it has to be realistic. What does realistic mean? It simply means that it’s within your power to do, whether you have to get training or support, you have the ability to accomplish it. This means they’re the goal is actionable and measurable.

Being measurable is critical because you have to know when you’ve reached your goal, and if you have an accountability partner, the other person must be able to determine that as well.

For example, instead of saying you will lose weight this year, tell yourself that you will lose x pounds by a certain month and how you’ll do it. In this case, by walking to work every single day. This kind of goal is specific enough to achieve and is the first step in knowing how to achieve your goals.

2)  Make A Plan – “When you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.”  ~ Benjamin Franklin. Once you know what your goal is, you need a plan to make it happen. In making your goal realistic, your plan may include breaking it down into smaller steps that allow you to take consistent action.

For example, you decide you can no longer deal with the clutter and lack of organization in your home.  To simply say ‘I will get my home fully organized by September’ is a recipe for failure.  It’s too vague and too overwhelming.

You stand a much better chance of achieving your goals by breaking it down.  For example, Week 1: Master bedroom HIS closet, Week 2: Master bedroom HER closet, and so forth. By targeting one area and seeing it through to completion, you can move on strategically and without the overwhelm.

3) Set A Deadline – If your goal has no deadline then you’ll just keep putting it off. If you want to know how to achieve your goal, you’re going to have to set a date by which you want to meet all of the smaller chunks.  We all know things could eventually change, but setting a date in the first place is the best way to make sure you put in some real effort. Always remember that the deadline can change, but the goal should remain in place.

4) Take Action – Although it sounds obvious, a goal will never become a reality unless you take action. So many persons make goals every January only to forget them a few weeks later. Don’t let this happen to you! Start working on your goal immediately, even if you’re only taking small steps to make it happen.

5) Keep Track – Now that you’ve started taking action, it’s important to keep track of how you’re doing. Keep yourself accountable by taking an honest look at how you’re doing to meet the steps that you break down.  You’re free to change the way you do things if what you’re doing is not bringing the best results. Perfection is not required, but keeping control of your progress is going to help you ultimately.

Knowing how to achieve your goals is one thing.  It’s up to you to take action. Strive for consistent action.


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YVONNE is a Personal Business Coach | Relationship Marketing Strategist| Amazon Best-Selling Author| International Speaker. She is the Founder of the 50 and Wiser Community on Facebook – a Group of women who want to DO more, GIVE more, and BE more. As a certified Strategy and Accountability Coach, she helps Entrepreneurs, Coaches, Consultants, and Small Business Owners eliminate limiting beliefs, create a business they love, and have fun doing so. Her favorite client is a highly-motivated woman 50 and Wiser who has been in business for approximately one year and is ready to empower herself and move to the next level. Yvonne’s background is in banking, Human Resources, administration, and Customer Service. At 52 years she handed in her resignation and walked away from Corporate America to start her own business full-time. She has experienced the joys and challenges of owning multiple businesses. She was listed on HuffingtonPost.com as one of the “Top 100 Most Social Customer Service Pros on Twitter” and on GetApp.com: “One of the Top 15 Most Influential Customer Service Experts to Follow on Twitter.” Despite the recognition and promotions received while in corporate life in Jamaica and America, she now considers herself “unemployable” due to her love of being her own boss and inspiring others to pursue their passion and dreams. Yvonne’s mantra: “Focus on relationships; the money will follow.”
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