Saturday, May 25, 2013

Achieve More by Learning How to Set Smart Goals

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by Shafiq Ul Hasan Siddiqui

The key to becoming successful is to learn how to set smart goals.

However, before you start writing down things you want to accomplish, it's important to sit down and assess yourself first.

What do you really want out of life? What are your present qualities that can help you in achieving your goals?

Getting to know yourself first and determining your capabilities can help you set realistic and achievable goals.

Know your Capabilities and Limitations

There are times when you think you can do everything. While this may often be taken as a good sign of confidence, you should also realize that not acknowledging your limitations can actually hinder you from reaching your goals.

When you have a realistic view of your capabilities, you will be able to easily point out areas that needs to be given attention. This way, you can improve one these qualities until they are no longer limitations for you.

If your goal is to join a marathon within a year and one of your present limitations is your diet, then you should focus on improving your diet first and then move on to the next step of achieving your goal.

When you focus on turning those limitations into capabilities, it will be easier for you to set a plan of action for your goals.

Be S.M.A.R.T.

Coming up with a SMART goal is not always as easy as it may sound. SMART is a mnemonic for a set of guidelines you should use when setting goals or objectives.

S= Specific

Your goal must not be ambiguous. It should be clear and well-defined. A simple goal will help you stay on the right track. A goal that is specific must answer the question "What do I need to do". A goal that states "I want to teach a class on the importance of breastfeeding for new mothers in the community" is a lot better than a goal saying "I want to help new mothers in the community".

M= Measurable

How will you know that you have achieved your goal? Having a way to measure your efforts will help you determine if you are getting nearer to your goal or not.

A= Attainable

A goal is attainable if you have the required skill needed to perform the task and you have the necessary resources. These could be in the form of skills, experience, knowledge, man power and even budget.

R = Relevant

A goal is relevant if it is consistent with your other goals and contributes to your personal growth and development.

T= Time Bound

Having a time frame is part of goal setting. Without setting a deadline, you may procrastinate or even end up simply abandoning your goal.

Be Inspired

Without motivation and inspiration, it will be difficult for you to work on achieving your goals. One of the things you can do to get motivated is to join a goal based social network.

This way, you will be able to connect with people who can help you in setting better goals. You will also get to meet people who will motivate you to carry on despite of the many stumbling blocks you may face along the way.

Shafiq Ul Hasan Siddiqui is a content analyst at Linkagoal, a goal-based social network that motivates users to create smart goals and share their success with others.

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