When I started my life transformation more than five years ago, I wasn’t exactly the best goal setter on the self improvement block. I was ambitious and determined, sure, but I wasn’t organized and hardly ever planned. Now, I know better. And if you are here right now, then you probably do too. Good for you girl! Because having a long term plan for whatever goal you have makes it more likely for you to succeed! In fact, with a plan of action and a strong will, it’s pretty impossible to fail. So today, I want to show you how to do that with my free SMART Goal Setting Worksheet. But first things first:
What is a SMART Goal? [ Free Smart Goal Worksheet!]
Let me just get this out of the way: There is no such thing as a stupid goal. There, I said it. I feel better now. But a S.M.A.R.T. goal is more than just a goal: It is a goal with a plan of action. When you map out a plan and have a system for achieving what you want, you become a prepared, organized rockstar that can do anything. Got a goal? That’s great. Make it SMART!
FIVE STEPS TO CREATING SMART GOALS – WITH THE SMART GOAL SETTING WORKSHEET
Step One: Make your goal Specific. If you want to be happier in life, that’s amazing, but if you don’t get specific on the details, achieving that goal will be less likely. If you want to lose weight, for example, hone in on the details of that goal. Write out what it looks like, how it feels, and the way it will change your life. The more specific you can be about your dream the better.
Step Two: Make your goal Measurable. You want to make more money? Okay great. Turn that dream into a measurable goal that you can visualize. Write out a specific number that is tangible and clear to you. You need to be able to measure your goal as best possible. It makes your goal more meaningful and motivating to associate an “amount” with what you want. Even if your goal is an emotional goal like “finding a boyfriend” or “feeling more happy,” you can still measure it. “How often should I go on dates,” or “How many days out of the week should I be feeling joyful?” Get creative and come up with a way of quantifying your goal.
Step Three: Make your goal Achievable. But remember not to sell yourself short. You are an amazing human capable of amazing things. My motto is: If it’s humanly possible, and I want it enough, it will happen. Just make sure that your goal is realistic for the lifestyle you live, and make sure it doesn’t compromise other important parts of your wellbeing.
Step Three: Make your goal Realistic. You want to save $25,000 this year? If you have a ton of debt and student loans piling up, that may not be a realistic goal for you. Instead, why don’t you modify your goal and aim to reduce your debt by X amount of dollars this year. The last thing you want to do is create some impossible goal for yourself that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and less balanced in your life.
Step Four: Make your Goals Timely: A Goal is a dream with a deadline. Have you ever heard that expression? It’s true. Without a long term plan, it’s harder to stay focused on a goal. Setting a timeline for your goals allows you to get laser focused about what it is you really want knowing you have only a certain amount of time to do it. That’s what a new year resolution is: A timely goal with a 1 year plan. So come up with a deadline.
Need a Map? Get my Smart Goal Setting Worksheet!
The goal setting process can seem overwhelming. So I created this free Smart goal setting worksheet for you. Come grab it in the free Perfect Life Library, so you can start mapping out your goals!
And when you are ready to take the next step for healthy goal setting, check out this post and free goal setting worksheet for reverse engineering!
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