Specificity is crucial as it relates to mapping out the goals you set for yourself.
Overly generalized goals will produce a lack of direction and ability to focus on what’s important. And goals that are too vague will end up setting you up for failure.
For example, let’s say you want to drink more water per day. “I will drink more water every day,” is far too general. Why? Because the lack of specificity will enable you to make excuses.
The wording doesn’t hold you accountable; it is not enough of a detailed plan to follow through with. So, instead, clarify the specifics.
Answering some questions about your goal will pinpoint your intention and help you narrow down the specifics in recognizing in what ways will the goal be achieved. So, let’s finally dive in and see how to get this goal ball rolling!
The 5 W’s
First thing is first, you must answer what’s known as the “5 W’s” of basic information gathering.
Yeah, I know right. I haven’t seen these since learning about basic writing structure. Let us go back to primary school for a second, shall we?
The 5 W’s are: Who? What? When? Where? Why?
Answering these five questions will help you develop specific clarity and motivation towards your goal. It is important to answer these five questions when drafting your goal to help you gain further guidance in how to attain it:
Who will this goal involve?
What exactly do I want to accomplish?
When do I want to accomplish this goal?
Where will you achieve this goal?
Why is this goal important to me?
The Goal Plan
After filling in the blanks to the five information gathering questions, your goal will look something like this:
“I will drink 8 glasses of water every day – 2 glasses of water in the morning before breakfast, two glasses with lunch, two glasses after the gym and two glasses before bed to become healthier. Not only is this goal specific and direct. It explicitly states what your expectations are for yourself and enables accountability.
Lets Go For Another Example
Another example of a goal without detail and focus is “I will exercise more.”
No doubt this goal is positive and relevant. However, it lacks specificity, and therefore it becomes a setup for failure.
Answering the 5 w’s will provide the specifics you need to set meaningful, constructive goals that will give a higher rate of success in achievement.
After answering these questions, you will end up drafting a goal that sounds more like this, “I will exercise at the gym for 45 minutes, every weekday in the morning, before I go to work.” This statement is a detailed plan for what, where, how and when you intend to follow through with your plan. Its details will ensure a higher goal success rate than that of the first, more vague statement.
S stands for specific, in the acronym, SMART goals. Drafting specific goals is the first step in coming up with goals that stick and are successful.
I don’t know about you but I’m drafting my specifics for some goals I want to accomplish right now!
Goals that will help me get from under a time clock, have more control over my income, and even learn a new language!