A secondary school teacher used to tell us ‘If you don’t know where you are going you will end up somewhere else!’. This phrase has always intrigued me. As I grew up I realised that if I didn’t plan my goals, this would be a plan to fail. Slowly, I began creating goals that could be measured and eventually achieved. Let us take running as an example. I completed the full marathon in 2018 and I regard this as one of my achievements. Mind you, I do not consider myself an athlete. Despite this, I embarked on a 26-week challenge to build up sufficient stamina and resilience to be able to run 42 km. I wanted to reach the finish line in under 5 hours. Previously I had run a few half marathons but this challenge proved to be an eye-opener. Whatever the weather and despite my mood, I had to run long distances a number of times a week. I am sure that this would not have been possible had I not developed my SMART goal.
So what does SMART stand for?
SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time-Bound. Having SMART Goals sets you up for success! When your goals are clear and you know exactly what you're working towards it's easier to get started. You then make action plans, see progress and succeed.
I am happy to share with you a free giveaway to get you started. Drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org or message me through LinkedIn or Facebook. This tool is accompanied by instructions which will guide you to learn how to create your SMART goal. Once you develop your goal, identify 3 actions to get started. Examples are available in the SMART Goals Worksheet. Please reach out if you require any additional assistance.
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