This is the second part of the goal setting ‘sequence’. So in my other post I talked about the 7 steps to goal setting and how they are important when setting a goal. That’s just an overall rule when you set goals.
Goals are really important in life becasue they will help you achieve things and steer you in a specific direction in your life. Without a goal, you’ll be stuck, just like a boat without a rudder.
Now here’s a step-by-step explanation of how to set the perfect goal (in this post I’ll be doing the first step. The next one will follow soon!)
Step 1: The first thing you should do is think about a possible goal. Anything! Do you have a hobby, something you love doing, or do you want to achieve something at school, or just do something you’ve never done before that requires planning in before hand? Can you think of anything?
Now if you have an idea you need to ask yourself a question: ‘What do I want? What do I want to achieve?” For that question the ‘SMART goal’ model can help you.
All your Goals should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Oriented:
Specific: When setting a goal it’s important that it’s specific. It shouldn’t be something like: “i want to get a good score in my Maths test. Or “I want to be good at cross country.” Specific means something like: “I want to score 85% in my next Maths test” or “I want to be in the top 5 at the Cross Country race in September. This way you’ll know excactly what you want to achieve and it will be easier to plan your goal.
Measurable: This means that you should be able to measure your goal and keep track of it. For example if your goal is to score 85% in a Maths test you can keep track of your progress by testing yourself every week.
Attainable: you will be able to achieve your goal and it is actually possible to achieve it given the circumstances you are in.
Realistic: your goal should be realistic. That doesn’t mean that you can’t dream big, but it means that it should be reachable. Something like being able to speak Chinese fluently after 2 weeks is probably a bit too unrealistic. Make your goal something you can reach but that is also challenging.
Time Oriented: if you set a deadline to your goal, then that’s great. Because then you will know excactly that the goal has to be reached by then, and you won’t go stumbling around and never finish the walk towards your destination.
So this SMART goal system should help you know exactly what your goal is and when it should be achieved. An example of this will follow in one of the next parts of ‘Goal setting’ when I will cover more steps on how to set a good goal.