So, what’d you do with your life today? Did you take the necessary steps (no matter how small or big) to get you closer to reaching your goal(s)? Do you have any goals? If not, why not? If so, do you have them written down and do they meet the oh-so-ever advantageous SMART criteria?
What exactly is a goal? In essence, a goal is the object of one’s efforts, ambition or motivation to achieve a desired result and is personal to the individual striving to achieve it. A goal can be set for anything you desire whether it is to improve your health, reach a higher income bracket, travel to a certain destination or what have you. A goal can be long-term (3-5 years) short-term (2 weeks to 5 months) or daily.
If you have no goals set you’re your life, ask yourself “why?” Are you afraid of failing, don’t think that setting and reaching goals is important or is it that you don’t know how to goal set or where to even begin?
If you do have goals, using the SMART criteria can be a manageable and comprehensive guide to help you achieve them. Let’s explore what each letter in the SMART acronym stands for:
S specific, significant, stretching – let your goals be as detailed as possible so that it acts as a roadmap and can guide you if you get stuck
M measurable, meaningful, motivational- let your goals have specific timing and take the necessary steps to meet benchmarks
A agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented- let your goals be something that you know that you can accomplish. Do what you know you can do, so that you position yourself to achieve
R realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented- the more realistic your goal, the more likely you will reach it, period.
T time-based, time-bound, timely, tangible, trackable- let your goal have timelines that you reach so that when you reach the end, your goal will have already manifested or is in the process of manifesting.
Remember this, your life has purpose. Let every day be an opportunity to fulfill that purpose. If you don’t know what that purpose is, pray- be quiet and in that silence, deep within your soul, the answer will show up.