S.M.A.R.T goals

You can plan yearly, quarterly, week or daily making your plans S.M.A.R.T will you help keep to your project. The acronym is S.M.A.R.T S- Specific M-Measurable A- Achievable R- Relevant T-Timely
The more precise the idea, the more likely you will achieve success. Having goal management intelligence allows you to be clear on what you want to ACHIEVE and will enable you to maintain a sense of direction and purpose. Benefits of writing goals will let you have a certainty of what you want to achieve Biz.

What you need to know about setting goals

In the uncertainty of running our Biz, we need show care that we do not create goals for the sake of it, and that they do have a defined purpose and are genuinely owned by all involved in achieving the goal.
It is critical that we do not measure our self-worth by the success or failure of a plan. When reviewing goal success remember that a successful entrepreneur believes that excellent personal qualities are learned, developed or cultivated. Failure is only as feedback performance.  Do not consider it as a judgment of personality, potential or value. It is easier to believe in the positive, and create gratitude around life’s decisions. This process also creates Serotonin which helps your mood, self-esteem and how you sleep.

Specific

Specific
Choosing to create a goal within a plan. Introducing the S from your S.M.A.R.T.  Your project needs to be precise and to be able to identify the reasons why your goal is required. Whom will you need to co-create with to gain your proposed outcome? The cohort joining you to co-create can be clients family, friends, people whom you outsource too (VA’s, Cleaners). Be aware of setting goals that someone else has power over. You are only responsible for what you can achieve.
You can ask yourself:
  • What do I want to accomplish?
  • Why is this goal important?
  • Who is involved?
  • Where is it located?
  • Which resources or limits are affected?

Measurable

Measurable

Is your goal measurable? What indicator’s will you set-up to know whether or not your plan is in alignment with your Biz. What will your understanding be of success? Income, should not always be the key indicator of success. Differentiating between where you are in your Biz still needs to be considered.
In order to measure your goals ask yourself:
  • How much?
  • How many?
  • What indicators will allow you to know you are complete?

Achievable

Achievable

Achievable will be up to you to know what your strengths and weaknesses are? You also need to be able to focus on what opportunities and challenges will present themselves working with others. Your goal also needs to be realistic and attainable to be successful.  Reaching that goal should be possible. And you should set goals so that it is practical to achieve them. It does not mean to imply you should not challenge yourself. When you question yourself, you can take better care of all opportunities.  To make goals attainable, you need to be aware of your limitations. And of how you can stretch past those limitations and beyond. Making goals feasible encourages resilience.

Ask yourself:

  • Can I accomplish this goal?
  • Is the goal realistic, based on your reality?

Relevant/ Realistic

Realistic

Relevant/ Realistic goals need to align with you and your values. Does your goal create growth for you and your Biz? Can you see what return of interest you will receive if setting this goal or making this plan? Can you answer “yes” to these questions: Is it worthwhile? Is the timing right? If successful does this match our other efforts/needs? Is this the right goal for me?
Are you setting a goal that isn’t going t contribute to feeling overwhelmed? Goal setting and planning should help you avoid the frustration of having too much to do. Given these points, its primary existence should be to give you clarity and direction to ease the burden of needing to do so much and scheduling it all out to be achievable and hopefully avoid entrepreneurial exhaustion.
To clarify ask yourself:
  • When?
  • What can I do six months from now?
  • What can I do six weeks from now?
  • What can I do today?

Timely

Timely

Depending on your goals learning the skills needed may require additional training or experience. How long will it take you to learn these skills? Will you need to enrol in further training.
Importantly give yourself a realistic time frame for accomplishing the smaller goals that are necessary for achieving your final success.  Providing a target date for deliverables is essential. Ask yourself specific questions about the goal deadline and what you can accomplish within that period.
What’s more providing time constraints also creates a sense of urgency.

Review

However, it is important to remember that even S.M.A.R.T goals should not add to your stress levels, reaching for the stars doesn’t mean you have to have a nervous breakdown. When using goals to plan remember to always pencil in a review(s) consistently to make sure it is still valuable and will give you the outcome you need for growth. As always use your planning and goal setting as a chance to learn and to be able to include your new learnings in the future.
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