Supercharge Your Goals

Marcus Foot By Marcus Foot, 1st Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Learn simple steps to take to achieve the goals YOU want.

Work S.M.A.R.T.

By now you have hopefully read my first two articles here and here, and you are ready to take control of your own life and have some ideas about your goals and values.

Of course you will have written down your goals and hopefully shared them with your partner, if you have one.

I don’t know what your goals are, but in this article I will show you the steps you need to take to set realistic goals and to achieve them.

The first step is to work smart and set S.M.A.R.T. goals. What are S.M.A.R.T. goals?

They are

Specific
Measurable
Achievable
Recordable
Time-phased

I’ll got through the steps one-by-one

Specific
Many people want to lose weight, so they have the goal “I want to lose weight”. What the goal should be is “I want to lose Xlbs"

Measurable
Obviously by being Specific about the amount of weight you want to lose it becomes Measurable

Achievable
If you weigh 160lbs a weight loss of 100lbs is not very achievable is it?

Recordable
You must be able to Record your progress towards your goal

Time-phased
Set a Time-limit

Putting it all together - “I want to lose 10lbs in the next 6 months”

Another example - “By Sunday evening I will have published three articles on Wikinut”

These are simple S.M.A.R.T. goals which only really comprise one element to achieve them. Larger goals often need to be broken down into smaller steps.

Working with large, ambitious goals

Take the classic goal President Kennedy set NASA - “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.”

It’s Specific - landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth - very Measurable - to the Moon & back - they believed it to be Achievable - Recordable - for all to see on TV & in the papers - Time-phased - before this decade is out.

He then went on to outline all the steps & technological challenges that had to be met. These became sub-goals on the way to achieving the larger goal.

As you can see from this example, your larger goals will have to be broken down into smaller, more manageable pieces. This has the additional benefit of giving yourself the satisfaction of achieving small successes along the way to your final destination. Reward yourself in some way when you achieve these successes with a night out at a nice restaurant or a weekend away perhaps. This will act as encouragement & motivate you along the way.

If your goal is large & complicated it is often useful to have visualizations to help keep yourself motivated.

For example, my wife & my goal was “To move to the Caribbean & be in a position to be semi-retired on or before her 40th birthday”. To help motivate ourselves we has photographs over the fireplace of our desired destination, they were also the wallpaper on our computers & phones. We often listened to music from the Islands. All this subconsciously motivated us every day.

Just for the record we missed our goal by one year, we moved here on her 41st birthday.

To summarise

S.M.A.R.T. goals will focus your mind on specifics which you can “tick off” when you achieve them. They will also by their nature be realistic and achievable.

Break large goals down into smaller chunks.

Reward success.

Use visualizations to help you overcome the inevitable periods when you lose your passion.

Hopefully these articles have helped you gain some insight into how you can move towards a happier, more satisfying & fulfilled life.

Happy goal setting ..... remember work S.M.A.R.T. not hard!
Good luck
Marcus

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Goal Setting, Goals, Goals And Visions, Life Changing, Life Lessons, Life-Style

Meet the author

author avatar Marcus Foot
Expat party host & part-time author living in the Caribbean.
I publish my short stories & other fiction at smashwords.com & why not visit my website debtfreeliving.siterubix.com

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author avatar D in The Darling
6th Jul 2012 (#)

Marcus Foot, what's in a name? You must be thinking not just on one but on both feet. This is beautiful. I'm following you for more!

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author avatar Trillionaire
21st May 2013 (#)

Yes, very encouraging and excellent advice. Thanks for being on my team.

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author avatar AnnH
30th May 2013 (#)

Nice post, very educational, thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Roja Meeran
2nd Aug 2013 (#)

i am super charged

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
9th Sep 2013 (#)

Hi Marcus. Great article.
I've used S.M.A.R.T. in my life and the recovery curriculum I wrote. It is an effective way to incrementally accomplish goals.

I think part of the secret of its success, is that each individual can modify, adapt and adopt what works for them, as well as determine what isn't.

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author avatar P.M. Jones
13th Nov 2013 (#)

Hello Marcus,

This is a wonder article and I can see how others will benefit from your suggestions of goal setting.

Thank you!

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author avatar vickylass
14th Jul 2014 (#)

I'm a born writer. I aim to live on my writings be them articles or fiction, if only modestly. Thus, I know well that I've to write every day, if I want to achieve to my goal. A writer's worst enemy is procrastination; not writer's block per se. Thanks for sharing.

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