SMART goals for 2019

Once you have set a goal it’s important to make sure that it fits the acronym SMART. I’ll explain it with two examples: A) weight loss B) Being successful in business

There are a few variations but basically they all come down to making sure your goal is:

Specific: get very specific about what you want to accomplish and why it’s important.
A) Get permanently rid of 17.5 kgs. Be able to keep up with the kids when they’re running up that hill behind the house. Be able to do three chin ups…
B) Turn over 20% more than last year… Make $93000 net profit after taxes… Get a job that pays 20% more than the current one…

Measurable: Both above examples are measurable. Not easily measurable would be something like: Feel good… Or make more money… Or help more people…
This makes it clearer and it stops you from moving the goal post on yourself.

Achievable: Is it achievable with the resources and skills you have now or do you need to learn something? Do you need to enlist the help of others to make it achievable? It also focusses on the motivation…
A) Do you need to learn how to prep healthy meals? Make being organised in the food department a priority? Get the significant other to look after the kids while you head off to the gym…?
B) Do you currently have the resources / skills / mindset required ? If not what needs to happen?

Realistic & Relevant: A realistic goal takes into account the practicalities of making it happen. The goal must be challenging enough to get you going but not humunguously challenging as to be demotivating.
And: is it relevant..? Do you actually want all the consequences that come with it…? Is this the right time for it…?
It aims to get to the objective behind that goal and will reaching that goal actually get you that objective.
A) To get rid of 17.5 kgs in three weeks is just not realistic…
B) Is it realistic to increase profit by 50% without hiring more staff?

Time based: When…? What’s the deadline…?
We all know how easy it is to procrastinate. Until you have a deadline. And all of a sudden you get going on it! Otherwise there is always tomorrow or next week.
A) Get rid of 17.5 kgs by the 5th of April 2019, by eating paleo and doing PT on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays… Something along those lines…
B) Increasing profit by 15% by end of the financial year…

Of course you can google more about SMART goals but this is a simple start to it. Simple and done now is better than perfect next year...