As some of you may already know, I am also a licensed life coach in conjunction with my real estate career.
Because we’re at the beginning of the year, I thought now would be the perfect time for me to share some helpful hints and tips for setting goals.
The first thing you want to do when setting goals is to write them down. It has been scientifically proven that those who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them.
Another way to make your goals more attainable is to use the “SMART goals” format. SMART is an acronym, with each letter containing a tip for the goal-setting process.
S stands for “specific.” It’s important that when setting your goals, you make them as specific as possible. This will set you on a clear path to what you want. Instead of saying “I want to lose weight this year,” you should set a more concrete goal, such as reaching a certain pant size.
The M stands for “measurable.” If you have a measurable goal, you should be able to break it down into “bite-sized” pieces. Accomplishing your goals is much easier when you’re able to make gradual progress.
A stands for “attainable.” When you set a goal, remember to be realistic. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Start with goals that aren’t necessarily easy, but won’t be impossible either.
The R in SMART goals stands for “relevant.” Let’s say you have a family member who is passionate about running and has decided they would like to run a marathon. Now, let’s also imagine that this family member has asked you to join them. If you hate running, this may be a challenge.
But, perhaps your desire to spend time and engage with this family member is stronger than your hate of running. In short, your goal needs to be relevant to your circumstances. Don’t set goals for yourself that don’t make sense for your life or what you want.
Finally, the T stands for “timely.” Your goal needs to have a deadline. Without a deadline, you have an eternity to finish that goal. This means you’ll be less likely to push yourself. You need a sense of urgency in order to complete your goals in a timely fashion.
After you’ve set up your goal using the SMART method, there are some additional tips I recommend you use. One of the best ways to motivate yourself toward your goal is to work with a coach or an accountability partner.
Additionally, keep your goals fresh in your mind by leaving them somewhere highly visible in the form of a written list.
If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.