Setting SMARTER goals …

It has been said that eight out of ten people don’t have any goals written down and that most of us are thinking the same thoughts that we thought yesterday, the day before and the day before that. If you get what you think about and you hadn’t achieved your goal yesterday, the day before or the day before that is it likely that thinking the same thoughts again today, with nothing new to offset against that, is going to make your goals closer to where you are or will they actually remain as far from you as they were yesterday, the day before and the day before that? I would suggest the latter to be true

So how do you set a goal that you can and will achieve? A key part is to write it down and an agreed recipe to use for this is to set a SMART or maybe even a SMARTER goal

S ~ SPECIFIC ~ write your goal down as specifically as you can. The more details the better. Really identify what you want and write the exact information. I want a new car is not as specific as I want a Silver Audi TT with black leather interior (you can go much further with detailing your car for your own goal sheet)

M ~ MEASURABLE ~ identify how far you need to go to reach your goal and how you will know when you get there (the end step could be driving the car off the garage forecourt. You would definitely know you had reached the goal of having your new car if you were driving it home!)

A ~ ACHIEVABLE ~ run a little check with yourself to see if this is an achievable goal. Anything is possible but some things tend to take a little longer; losing weight, achieving fitness targets, these have typical timescales attached to them.

R ~ REALISTIC ~ make sure this is a congruent goal and therefore it is realistic for you

T ~ TIMELY ~ every goal should be set within a timeframe. Set a date that you want to achieve this goal by. If you plan to study to obtain a new skill and the course is nine months with an exam ten months from now then your timely goal could be to pass the exam in May 2011. You could be even more specific and list the date that you know the exam is set for, ie the 15 May 2011. E ~

EXCITING ~ a goal that takes work and effort is going to pull you towards it if it excites you. Set a goal that you are passionate about achieving and it takes all of the work out of getting it

R ~ RECORDED ~ set your goal out and post it somewhere you see it at least twice a day. Tape it to the side of your mirror, the fridge door, the side of your computer monitor, the lid of your laptop. Where are you going to see your goal frequently? Where will reading it become a habit?

When you set your goals into a smarter format you engage all of your physiology into making them so. When you read them at least twice a day the thoughts you think today, tomorrow, the day after and the day after  that are now different to the ones you had yesterday, the day before and the day before that. When you change, things change. How exciting is that!

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