The A, in SMART Goals, represents attainable.
When setting goals, be sure to choose a goal that is attainable – your goals should be within reasonable reach for you.
Although the goals you set should stretch you out of your comfort zone and excite you, your goals should remain within reach.
It really took awhile for me to come to terms with this one. Once I began laying my goals out on paper to help me visualize them, I realized they needed to be within the realm of reality.
For example, I would love to have a million dollar investment portfolio by the end of the year.
But let’s be real. Its not all that possible with the resources I have right now or will have within the next year.
Ouch! Not to rain on my own parade, but anyways…
The Subject of Your Success
If a goal is impossible to achieve your efforts are futile. It becomes unproductive to put your time and energy toward a goal that will never come to fruition.
And not only that, but you will end up losing motivation and feel like giving up. If you aren’t able to succeed or celebrate your milestones along the way, it’s not very encouraging to press on is it?
Instead, be sure to set a goal that you can accomplish, this way you will keep focus, motivation, and have a chance of greater success. Along with your goal being unattainable, be sure that when you draft your goal, it’s written in a way that gives you responsibility over attaining your goal.
State your goals in a way that gives you control or authority over the outcome. No one other than you should be the subject of your success.
Having Success in Mind
You should state attainable goals with success in mind.
For example, let’s say you feel that you would benefit professionally from reading more books that pertain to your business. So, your goal might be, “I will read a business related book every night before bed for 20 minutes. With my goal to read one business book per month, for 6 months.”
This goal is attainable because what you’re asking of yourself is reasonable and achievable. The goal also only involves one person, you, who follows through to ensure success.
Another way to assist attainable goals in being successful is through setting milestone goals. Milestone goals are small goals that you can set along the pathway to your goal.
For example, in the instance above, a milestone goal could be to check in with yourself once a week. Checking in on your own accountability is a great way to stay on track. It helps with maintaining consistency and being able to make small changes along the way in the event you find that something isn’t working.
If you have followed through with your goal for the week, in this case, read your business book for 20 minutes every evening, you will know you are making progress toward your goal.
As we already know, tracking or measuring your progress helps secure a greater success rate for your goal.
So, remember to keep them challenging yet attainable, and you will be on your way to being successful with your goals.
Are you ready to get those goal plans up and running?
Or have you already started and diligently keeping track?
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