Using SMART to Achieve your 2015 Goals.

Empowering our Youth

6-Months Until Christmas!

Where has the time gone?  I’m not sure what is more hard to believe, that it is 6-months until Christmas or that it has been 6-months since Christmas!!

Seriously, why does time fly by so fast?

With half of the year almost behind us, it is a good time to look at our 2015 goals.  Have you been working on your goals?  Or were they forgotten about two weeks into January.  If your like most people they have been long since forgotten.

According to Statisticbrain.com, only 8% of people are successful in achieving their New Year’s resolution.  So you are not alone if you have not achieved your goals or if you have abandoned them altogether.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a strong second half of the year!!

 

Success

 

How to Achieve a Goal

Have you every heard of the acronym SMART?  This is a tactic that many successful people use time and time again to help achieve their goals.  Here’s what it stands for.

S. Specific

M. Measurable

A. Achievable

R. Relevant

T. Time Specific

 

Specific

Your goals need to be specific.  You can’t just say, “I want to lose weight” or “I want to earn more money.”  That’s not good enough and it won’t motivate you to do anything.

You need to be very specific.  “I want to lose 25 pounds” is a lot better than “I want to lose weight.”  I want to earn an extra $10,000″ is a lot better than “I want to earn more money.”

Be as specific as possible.  Set that mark and start working towards getting it.

 

Measurable

Your goals need to be measurable.  And in addition, you MUST be measuring your progress in order to achieve your goals.  Both of the examples above are measurable.  You can easily look at your weight decrease on a scale or watch your bank account increase as you go after those two goals.

But you will find the chances of success are multiplied if you actually measure them and keep track of them. Get something as simple as a notebook or use an app on your phone like Evernote or Google Drive.  Create a document and input your weight every day.  Weigh yourself at the same time every day, mark it down on your notebook or app and watch the numbers go down!

Keeping track of your progress will help you achieve your goals much faster than you thought possible.

 

Achievable

You want to make sure you’re setting yourself up for success and not failure.  I would love to go to the Fiji.  That is a long-term goal of mine.  But I can’t make that a 6-month goal because I don’t think it is achievable by the end of the year.

You want to stretch yourself a little bit.  We underestimate what we are capable of so it’s always better to have a goal a little bigger than you think might be possible.  But it still must be achievable.

So if you have a weight loss goal that you are starting now for the end of the year, you want to set yourself up for success.  Typically we can only lose about 1 -2 pounds per week.  There are about 26 weeks left in the year so a good goal would be “I want to lose 39 pounds (a pounds and a half per week).  That goal is specific, measurable and achievable.

An unachievable goal would be to say you are going to lose 50 pounds!  That is unrealistic.

Be realistic with your goals and set yourself up for success.

 

Relevant

Is the goal in line with who you are?  For example, I have a goal to own a 2015 Maserati Quattroporte GTS!  They are beautiful cars! My at the moment dream car.  But this is not only unachievable but also not relevant for who I am right now.  I have two young kids.  I’m often involved in car pooling as many as 5 or 6 kids to baseball games, movies and other functions.  My dream car will have to wait until it is more relevant for who I am.

This example shows the importance of Relevance.  If I make my goal something that I definitely want but can’t possible convince myself that it is a good fit for me, than I will never achieve it.  I won’t work towards it and I will fail.

Look at your life and what you really want.  Once you know what is best for you right now, you will be able to set a goal that is relevant.  Currently I’m about 32 pounds away from my ideal weight of 188.  I would love myself a lot more if I slimmed down in the second half of this year.  I would like to lose 32 pounds.   Specific, Measurable, Achievable and Relevant to what I want in life.

 

Time Specific

This is HUGE.  Your goals need to have a specific time period.  Otherwise you will never even start to work towards it.  Once you commit to a deadline you will put the pressure on yourself and see what you are truly capable of.

A deadline for your goal should establish a sense of urgency.  Something you look at daily to remind yourself what you are striving for.  If your goal is weight loss, you should remind yourself of it and the deadline every day.

This will help you get out of bed and get moving.  This will help you keep vegetables in the fridge.  It’s easy and it’s OK to indulge from time to time.  But having your goal with it’s deadline in mind will help you do the healthy things as well.

 

A SMART Example.

My goal is to lose 32 pounds.  If yours is the same, this is what I recommend.

Get a 2015 calendar and circle New Years Eve.  Write down somewhere in an open space exactly what you are going to do.  Not what you want to do.  What you are going to do.

I will lose 32 pounds of body fat by midnight on December 31, 2015.  Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time specific.  Write it down and believe you are capable of achieving it!

 

Now Take Action!

Get to work.  You won’t get anywhere near your goal unless you take massive action. Whether your goal is to lose weight or earn more money or have a more passionate relationship with your spouse or a healthier relationship with your kids, you won’t get close to your goal unless you take action!

 

Good luck and enjoy the ride.

My name is Keith Laskey. I actually believe children are our future. I write articles about how we can empower our youth so that the world will be a better place for all of us.

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