Sometimes we wander day-to-day wondering what is next or perhaps not even wondering at all… just living. After a while, this can lead to indirection, misdirection and a sense of aimlessly plodding through life. To avoid apathy and the awful potential to implode… it is important to set clear goals that provide direction for life.
Getting what we want out of life requires intentional effort.
Minimize the chance of setting vague goals by using the acronym SMART. This can give direction to your goal setting and improve successful outcomes:
S = Specific: we want to be sure the goal is clearly stated with enough detail about exactly what we want to achieve.
M = Measurable: goals that are measurable can be easier to attain because we’ll know when we have reached them.
A = Attainable: Ensure you are realistic when setting goals making them something within (or slightly above) your capacity at the time.
R = Relevant: motivation increases when we believe the goal is important and meaningful. A passionate feeling about the task helps.
T = Timely: Set exactly when you want to reach the goal. This can add motivation. Timing can always be adjusted if need be.
E = Evaluate: Be sure to look back at your accomplishment and rate how you did, what got in the way and what might improve next time.
R = Reward: To keep our energy and motivation to reach goals high, be sure to give yourself a little (or big) reward for your efforts and also for achieving success!
Be goal-directed. Set smart goals today and see your excitement and motivation for life improve?