Last week in Keeping track of goals I listed some goals that I have been inspired to set since I started blogging. Making a list of goals is an important first step, but how do we go about achieving them? Before going any further, there are a number of characteristics that a goal should have in order to make success more likely. Goals written in this manner are often referred to as SMART goals.
I’ll use one of my goals from last week as an example of how to make a goal SMART.
Initial goal: Eliminate credit card debt
Refined goal: In order to have more disposable income, we will eliminate our credit card debt.
Refined goal: In order to have more disposable income, we will eliminate our credit card debt by paying off $500 per month.
This is where you find the ways and means to attain your goal. Ask what you are going to do to achieve your goal.
Refined goal: In order to have more disposable income, we will eliminate our credit card debt by paying off $500 per month. We will do this by preparing a budget and sticking to it.
There is nothing more disheartening than trying to achieve an unrealistic goal. On the other hand, a goal that can be achieved too easily does not give the same sense of satisfaction at it’s completion. Ensure that your goal is challenging, but realistic.
As you can see the final goal is somewhat more detailed than the original. It is clear what we want to achieve, how we want to do it and when we want to have it done by.