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 Post subject: S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:26 pm 
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Using the following guidelines can help you set and acheive goals:

S.M.A.R.T. is a popular method for setting goals (especially in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and stands for:

Specific: Set a specific goal for yourself - general goals are too broad and focusing your energy on one thing is less difficult. For example, say that your goal is “to study more.” This is too general. “Why?” you ask? Because you were not specific about how much more stuying you wanted to do. Be specific!

Measurable: If you goal is not measurable how will you know when you have achieved it? Setting a goal that is measurable will help you to gauge your efforts and let you know if you are working hard enough. Sticking with our previous example, saying that you want to study 2 hours on Monday and Friday is both specific and measurable. The track to success will be clearer with a measurable goal.

Achievable: Dreaming is a wonderful characteristic about being human. However, when we wish and hope for a goal this only leads to the creation of goals that are often too unattainable for the majority of people. An example of this might be being elected the prime minister, or finishing the London marathon without adequate training. If we create goals that are most likely unachievable, then we are setting ourselves up for failure. If you ask yourself the question: “Is this goal likely to be achieved if I stick to my plan of action?” and the answer is “no”, then you’re headed for failure and you should start over.

Realistic: The goals need to be in line with reality. If you have established a goal to memorize a textbook in one week’s time, or to win X Factor by this Tuesday, you may want to reconsider the direction your goal is taking you. Keep your head on straight!

Time frame: Establish a clear amount of time that you are going to dedicate to your goals. Take time to think over how much time it will realistically take to achieve your goal. Very often people become frustrated and give in because they were too impatient. People often fail to reach their goals because they did not work often enough or long enough. Ensure that you dedicate enough time and effort towards your goals. Your success is worth the time!

Setting goals can be challenging but it doesn’t have to be! Many people who lack effective goal setting skills experience failure as a result. Incorporating the above techniques will help to take the guess work out of the goal setting process. By creating goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time limited we may increase our chance of turning our goals into reality and enjoy the level success that we all deserve.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

“When you have come to the edge Of all light that you know And are about to drop off into the darkness Of the unknown, Faith is knowing One of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or You will be taught to fly”

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