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Regardless of your quit level (Quit a title, Quit a Company, Quit an industry, etc.), you have to have S.M.A.R.T. goals to make effective change.

Let’s break down what S.M.A.R.T.  is:

Specific

Don’t just set random goals and try to sting them together and call it your plan.

Be intentional, be specific and be focused.

Here is a comparison of specific and non-specific goals.

Non Specific Goals Specific Goals
I’m gonna lose weight I am going to lose 15 pounds in the next 60 days but cutting bread and sugar out of my diet and going to the gym 3 times a week.
I’m going to quit my job. In 12 months I’m going to quit my job to focus on my business full time.
I’m going to save money I am going to put away $10 a week for 4 week, then increase it every 2 week after that until I am saving $100 a week.

Regardless of if the examples resonate with you, there is an obvious difference in the goal setting approach.

So the key is to be very specific in what you want to achieve.  In fact, the more specific the description and detail, the more viable the goal will feel.

Be prepared to ask yourself a myriad of questions to help you flesh out your goal. Start with the classic who, what, when, where, how, and why to create a complete picture of your goal(s)

 

 

Measurable

Once you have defined your goals, you have to move on to the look and feel of attaining them.

How do you know when you have reached a goal?  Is it based on how much or how many of something, a set result or reply from someone? Is it based on having a certain look, feel or touch of something by a set date?

Measures
Having $100 in savings by January 1, 2017
Losing 15 pounds  60 days from today
Having 4 new clients by September of this year

Part of setting goals is identifying concrete means or methods to measure progress.  This helps you to stay on task and moving toward your desired results.  This is very important in building momentum and moving forward.

Attainable 

Your goals may not look like anyone else’s.  So your ability to meet them may not have a precedent either.  But that does not mean that it is not attainable.

Don’t assume that something can’t be done, simply because it’s never been done before.

The goals you have set are important to you and are directly related to your characteristics, abilities and dreams.  Keep track of your wins, no matter how small or large, and make sure that everything you do has a purpose that lines up with the plan you have set in motion.  This will keep you moving forward and closer to the results you want.

Realistic

Realistic is relative.

You have goals and are mapping out your BIG PICTURE plan.

Don’t let someone else’s ide of realistic infect or affect your progress.

In order for your plan to be effective realistic should be more of an “as it relates to the end result” concept.

Objective Realistic Supporting Goal
Saving money To save X amount of dollars out of each paycheck
Learn a new language Sign up for classes at the Community College

Timely

Success and its measure should have a corresponding time frame.  If you don’t set a time frame, it will be difficult to get and maintain momentum and your plan will fall by the wayside.

Setting time frames incites a sense of urgency, helps with goal measuring and facilitate motivation.

“One day” or “Someday” translates to NEVER.

Setting deadlines also helps you prioritize tasks making you even more strategic in your actions and activities.

Remember, this isn’t just a “To Do” list.  You have decided to do something that is very important to you and your quality of life. So take the time to include these S.M.A.R.T steps in your process to help keep you on track and moving forward.

 

About this posts author: 

Tesa Colvin is an Author, Escape Plan Clarity Coach and Business Development Strategist. She coaches passionate solo-prenuers, who desire FREEDOM and SUCCESS in their business and lives. 

Through tailored coaching and strategy sessions, she helps entrepreneurs not just set goals, but develop effective plans that help them to be and stay focused and empowered as they build and monetize their business. Tesa’s mission is to FREE entrepreneurs from the self-sabotage of trying to do it like everyone else, by encouraging and empowering these DREAMERS to focus on their own vision and version of success.

And when she’s not helping people find success their way, you can find her tucked away in a quiet space creating words, worlds and characters, or having a Michael Jackson sing off with both her teen daughters while her husband and 2 fur babies watch in horror. 

You can Friend her on Facebook, tweet with her @BorrowMyMBA, or send her an email via info@borrowmymba.com.

 

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