Goals help us define our desires, interests, strengths and areas for growth. Setting goals, writing them down and take action steps is one of the best ways to create a life where you are thriving instead of drifting and surviving.
Goals are S.M.A.R.T. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely…
Specific-A goal that is specific is much more likely to be achieved than if it is general. Example- “I want to get in shape,” is general, whereas, “I am going to go to the gym three days a week to get in shape” is specific.
Measurable-The above example is also measurable with the 3 days a week timeframe.
Attainable-Give yourself a time frame. When we set goals and begin to break them down into small achievable steps, we are building our self-esteem and confidence. Ex: “I will go to the gym for 3 x a week for 3 months and then build up to 5 days a week.” If we immediately start with a goal of 5 days a week and we haven’t gone to the gym in years, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment and then it is more likely we will quit.
Realistic-A realistic goal is one in which you are both willing and able to work towards. It won’t work if it’s not something you are motivated to obtain.
Timely-You want to set a time frame for your goal. Example would be, “I will have lost 10 pounds in 6 months.” Sometimes we need to break it down to smaller goals to be successful in the beginning, such as, “I will lose 3 pounds in the first month, etc.”
When your goal meets all these markers it is a sure way to change the course of your life and go from surviving to thriving. If you are a young adult struggling to set meaningful goals for your life, check out our Flagship Apprentice Program.