Goals Archives - What She Say | Practical Help for Women Building Better Lives
Pages Menu
Categories Menu

Posted by on in Goals, Self Improvement

How a S.M.A.R.T. Goals Worksheet Can Change Your Life

S.M.A.R.T Goals

 

Ever heard of a S.M.A.R.T. Goals Worksheet? If not, don't feel bad. You're not alone. And if so, maybe you'd like to know a little more about them. Read on and we'll explain how using a S.M.A.R.T. goals worksheet may be one of the best things you do for yourself this year.

No matter who you are, your age, where you live or what you do for a living, you should have a list of goals that you're actively working toward. Goals help to keep you focused and on track, they can give you motivation for getting through tough times, give you a sense of purpose in your daily activities, and prevent you from wasting time on things that are unproductive or that just really don't matter.

But when it comes to developing and accomplishing goals, many people run into the same problems. In the beginning, they’re excited to make goals and easily commit to them for the first few weeks, but then when things get a bit tougher and the newness wears off, they feel the goals are too difficult and end up abandoning them. (New Year’s resolutions anyone?)

But if you treat all of your life goals like this, how will you ever accomplish anything?

The truth is that you won’t. If you want to succeed, you have to change your mindset and habits around goals.

So maybe it's time to start using a S.M.A.R.T. Goals worksheet.

 

goals bullet journal

What are S.M.A.R.T. goals?

 

The purpose of S.M.A.R.T. goals is to make goals plain, specific, achievable and realistic rather than having them seem vague and difficult or unattainable.

S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time bound. Each of these terms have an important role to play when it comes to both creating and executing goals.

Specific” means ensure that the goals you develop are precisely identified and defined. Clarity on what you want, what you wish to achieve and/or your expectations relative to outcomes is crucial.

Measurable” means that there is a way to precisely measure or track progress toward satisfying the goal.

Achievable” means the goals you define are humanly possible and attainable.

Relevant” ensures that a goal is reasonable and feasible to resource.

Time bound” ensures that the goal will be time-based (i.e. completed within a defined period of time).

So how do you create S.M.A.R.T. Goals? With a S.M.A.R.T. Goals Worksheet of course!

 

Download Your FREE Printable S.M.A.R.T. Goals Worksheet

 

Goal Setting Worksheet - S.M.A.R.T. Goals Worksheet

S.M.A.R.T. Goals Worksheet

 

The benefit of defining your goals through a S.M.A.R.T. goals formula is that you can make ensure that the goals you are developing are clear, precise and attainable. It also helps you to realistically estimate the resources you need and the time it will take for you to accomplish what you desire.

But none of this can happen without a S.M.A.R.T. Goals worksheet.

A S.M.A.R.T. Goals worksheet gives you an organized plan and instructions on how to create well-defined, realistic goals using the effective acronym. It also helps streamline your thought process and keep all of your goal-setting resources organized.

By following the S.M.A.R.T. goals formula and using a S.M.A.R.T. Goals worksheet, you can better understand what your goals are, why and how you will accomplish them.

A S.M.A.R.T. goals worksheet helps you to organize your goals and take small, gradual steps to accomplish them. It’s important to both set and complete milestone goals as you work toward your larger goals because this increases your confidence, improves your long-term vision and empowers short-term motivation.

Without the ability to accomplish goals, there is no hope for self-improvement or professional development.

We have created a simple printable S.M.A.R.T. Goals Worksheet for you to use. You can download it here for free!

If you have enjoyed reading this post, please take a moment to share it with your family and friends. Thanks!

Read More

Posted by on in Goals, Journaling, Personal Development, Self Improvement

2019 Goal Setting: Setting Personal Goals and the Importance of Setting Goals

accomplishment - goal setting

Goals.

One of the things that can get especially irritating at this time of year is the fact that EVERYONE and their brother seems to be talking about goal setting.

How to set personal goals. Why goal setting is important. How to set goals so that you can succeed. It's a dream until you write it down, then it's a goal. Five rules for goal setting. (Why are there rules for setting goals?) The 'secret' to setting goals. And the list continues. Ugh!

And every year when the topic of goal setting heats up, it's a reminder that you apparently SUCK at goals. You must, because there are sooo many things you want to accomplish that you haven't yet achieved.

You're seemingly forever STUCK in this vortex of un-achievement, under-achievement, or not-nearly-enough-of-what-you-want in life.

You can't seem to get to wherever you should be to be making significant strides in your life in directions that you truly want to go!!

So how in the world is making a bunch of goals going to change ANYTHING? Why should I? What's the point?

Now let me ask you...Does any of that sound vaguely familiar to you in the context of your life? Yes? I thought it would.

So the question becomes how will this coming year, how will 2019 be any different for you than any of the years past?

And, in all honesty, I can't say how it will be different for you. But, I can say how it is entirely, 100% possible that it absolutely CAN be different (better) for you. And here's how...

You have to change your mind. It's as simple, and as complicated as that. Really.

Now I know that there are some of you, probably many of you that would argue the point with me.

I'm stuck in a dead-end job.”

I'm too old.”

I don't have enough money.”

I don't have the right connections.”

I don't have the resources I need.”

Changing my mind isn't going to make any difference. Don't you see...I've got all this other stuff!”

Okay. I hear you, and believe me, I KNOW about “other stuff” in life. But I also know about what can happen when you change your mind.

And to be completely honest and transparent, I'm completely guilty of not doing it enough in my own life (changing my mind) to focus on what I want rather than my current set of circumstances. It's something I struggle with it all the time!

But I can also tell you that I currently live in a home that I saw in my mind before I ever came to live in it. And I live in it because I changed my mind.

Don't worry. I'm not going to get all Woo Woo here...I'm just going to say that the mind is a powerful thing. And setting yourself on a course mentally, then spiritually and then emotionally that you then physically commit to (because yes, you have to DO something for goals to work), you can begin to experience levels of success not only with goal setting, but in your life in general.

It CAN happen, and what's more important, it can happen for you.

This post is already going to be longer than I intended, so let me get this back on track in terms of setting personal goals and the importance of setting goals.

 

women friends - goal setting

Setting Personal Goals

 

You will never get the life you want without setting personal goals. It just won't happen. It's not something you can “luck” into, it's not something that somehow “just happens”. In order to have the life you want, you have to define the life you want. You have to choose it. And choosing it means setting goals for what you want it to be.

 

How to Set Personal Goals

 

1. Begin with the end in mind. Without focusing on “what you don't have” (which brings a negative energy and a spirit of lack into your situation), direct your attention to identifying (exactly, specifically) what you wish to have in your life and for your life. Who do you want to be? Where do you want to be in life? How do you want to live daily? What type of environment do you want to have surrounding you? What do you want to be able to do and accomplish?

2. WRITE IT DOWN!!! It's not good enough to “have some idea” of what you think you want or want to achieve, or to carry thoughts on those subjects “in the back of your mind”. Bring them to the forefront. Write them down. Make them real.

3. Take stock of where you currently are in life (relative to where you want to be), who you are, what are the beliefs and values you hold dear, what is true for you, and what you have in terms of assets and resources.

4. Now that you have identified what your goals are and taken inventory of your circumstances and condition, Create a plan. How are you going to get from where you are to where you want to be? What does that journey and that road look like for you?There is a way. Trust me there is. In fact there may be a million ways, but you have to see it. You have to identify a path that will work for you. But you have to create a connection a way to see how to get from where you are to where you want to be. You have to make that connection in your mind, no matter how convoluted or circuitous the route may seem.

5. Finally, you have to act on your plan. That's the only way this works. You have to commit to what you envision. You have to do it.

Tips for Personal Goal Setting:

 

1. Be honest. Setting goals that don't align with who you are and what you want are going to be failed from the start. Formulate goals from a place of being truthful, genuine and authentic to who you are.

2. Include small as well as large goals. The smaller goals help you to get quick wins that will help to keep you motivated. Smaller goals also accumulate to help you achieve your larger goals, and they quickly change how you live and experience your life on a daily basis which no only encourages you, but makes you feel better, more accomplished and happier.

3. Be open to possibilities and opportunity. Don't allow your own limiting beliefs (or the limiting beliefs of others) to deprive you of experiences and accomplishments that are absolutely possible for you. Allow yourself to think BIG!

 

live-your-dream-goal setting

Importance of Setting Goals

 

Somehow at some point in adulthood, many of us get this idea in our heads that life is just gonna do what it's gonna do, and we're basically along for the ride like a bunch of bobbles in a river being carried along by the current over which we have no control - stopping and starting, landing and setting adrift again by the movement of the water and the obstacles which we encounter along the way.

And life can be determined a lot like that, if we let it.

But if there's something we want, or if there's a place we want to get to, a journey we want to have, a specific experience or collection of experiences we seek, it's up to us to make those happen.

Is it possible they could happen if we don't set goals or make plans? Sure. Anything's possible. But it's much less likely.

To ensure our best chance at the life we envision, we have to take ownership. We have to do what we can to influence the ways in which our lives go. Will there be circumstances that we didn't plan for or see coming that make their way into our lives? Of course! Life is made up of many of those.

However, if we want more of the experiences that we desire to have, if we want our lives to have more (or less) of specific elements, we have to formulate goals for how we can achieve that. We have to make a plan (or a series of plans) and then put those things in motion.

Then we can direct where we're going, have the means to track our progress from where we've been, and know when we arrive at the place we want to be.

Setting goals helps us to...

  1. Get excited about our possibilities and what we're capable of
  2. Hope for the future
  3. Believe in ourselves
  4. Aim for and achieve things we never thought possible for our lives
  5. Get focused
  6. Find direction (and purpose) for our daily activities (so that what we're doing daily moves us forward in the direction of our intended goals)
  7. Obtain clarity
  8. Improve our decision-making
  9. Be motivated and provides inspiration in our daily living
  10. Have some control of our circumstances
  11. Measure our success

I don't know about you, but I want the coming year to be radically different than this year (and I mean that in a good way). I do not want another year that is virtually indistinguishable from the year before it, and the year before that, and the year before that.

And I don't want a year that's completely overshadowed by the bad things, bad experiences, “lack of “ or things that weren't accomplished or made better because there were so few new things, good things and better things taking place.

So let's do this. Let's set some awesome personal goals this year! Be brave, be bold, think fresh, think new! You CAN do this. We can make our lives better, deeper and to have more of what we want. It's not too late. Go get your life!

Start your New Year right using the Self Journal for planning, goal setting and journaling in 2019! Click here to watch the video.


Read More

Posted by on in Goals, Personal Development, Self Improvement

10 Proven Methods for Establishing Your Life Goals: How to Identify What You Want in Life

setting life goals

You know, when people talk about life goals, it can seem so cliche.

More than likely, people have been talking to you about setting goals since you were an elementary school kid.

You were encouraged to set goals to get better grades, do better in school, be a good kid.

When you finished high school or went to college, everything was all about setting goals for your future, to graduate, begin a career, to get a good job and eventually to start a family of your own, to settle down.

Sometimes it seems we're goaled to death.

The problem is, you're here.

And if you're here, it likely means either you're not entirely happy with how things have turned out, or you're looking for “more”.

You may have set goals to get to this point in your life, or you could have just sort of floated along as life has pushed you in this direction or along that path (a lot of people do).

But the point is you're here now and you're either unhappy (or at least not entirely happy) with where you are, and/or frustrated, tired, bored, confused or feeling “unfulfilled”.

Somehow you're just not in “the right place”.

So then, lets talk about goals again. But this time, let's do things right. You with me?

At some point you've had dreams for your life. Am I right?

What you wanted to be, what you wanted to do. What you wanted to experience.

Hopefully, you still do.

But the dreams you have for your life will likely stay dreams if you don’t take (actionable) steps towards manifesting those dreams into reality.

It is nearly impossible to work towards what we really want in life without setting “clear, attainable goals”.

So let's take a look at 10 methods you can put into practice to help you get clear on what you really want and create goals that will help you achieve your dreams.

establishing life goals

 

10 Proven Methods for Establishing Your Life Goals

 

1. Meditate

This is an important secret...It is impossible to set goals if you don’t know what you really want.

Sounds really obvious. Right?

I can see you rolling yours eyes you know.

But I can't tell you how many people, myself included, have set a bunch of goals in life without REALLY knowing (or without honoring) what it is they really wanted.

Just let that marinate in your mind a minute, becasue I promise you it sounds basic, but it truly is an important point.

It is imperitive for you to get in touch with your authentic self, the person you know yourself to be, to identify and understand what you really want out of life.

And one way to do that is to meditate.

I'm not talking about chanting or making strange noises or folding yourself in weird positions.

What I am talking about is getting into a calm, quiet space, and clearing your mind of distractions and “noise” (both literally and figuratively) so that your thoughts flow through you more readily.

Doing so helps to make your mind more receptive to your thoughts, and to have the ability to see and consider the thoughts you have with more clarity and depth and feeling.

Having a level of clarity helps you greatly in identifying and determining what it is you actually want.

There are many ways to incorporate mindfulness and meditation into your life, the most common of which is finding a quiet space and ample time to sit and be alone with yourself.

Walking meditation is also good, as the act of walking is meditative, but allows your mind to get still and go inward.

Going on long walks by yourself where you are able to enter that quiet, meditative space is one way to start contemplating and getting clear on what it is that you want in life.

2. Brainstorm your Lifetime Goals

Once you’ve had opportunity to consider what it is you want, it’s time to start brainstorming your goals and the “how” to get to what you want.

To help you start brainstorming, consider developing specific goals in the following areas of your life.

Personal Development: These are goals involving who you want to be as a person and what you want your personality to be like.

Would you like to be more thoughtful, empathetic, compassionate, outgoing?

These are the types of goals that fall under personal development.

Spiritual Development: Any goals you may have with regard to your spiritual growth and development falls under this category.

Maybe you’ve lost touch with your faith over the years and are interested in going to temple or church again.

Maybe you’d simply like to have a deeper understanding of spiritual matters or incorporate meditation and mindfulness into your life.

Whatever you want to incorporate into your life for your spiritual wellbeing falls under this category.

Health & Wellness: What do you want to achieve in terms of your health?

Are you looking to lose or gain weight?

Would you like to lead a more active lifestyle?

Do you want to eat a more clean and whole-food-based diet?

Write down whatever goals you have relating to physical health in this category.

Relationships: Are you single and wanting to meet new people?

Are you in a committed long-term relationship and seeking to re-ignite a spark?

Do you desire to reconnect with a best friend?

Do you wish to spend more quality time with your children?

Whatever goals you have relating to the people in your life will fall under this category.

Career/Professional: What do you want out of your job?

Are you seeking a promotion or a change in career?

This is the category for whatever you want to accomplish as far as your profession is concerned.

Finances: What is your ideal income for the life you want to live?

What expenses are necessary for your life?

Is there anything you want to accomplish in life that would require you to have a specific amount of money to finance it?

Do you want to travel?

How about retire early?

Think about your finances and to determine what you need/want in order to be living your best life.

All of these can be part of your goals.

Environment: What does your dream home look like?

What do you want to be surrounded by every day?

Think about these things and make goals about what kind of environment you would like to have around you.

This can include small things like decluttering or bigger things like moving to a new place.

The Dailygreatness Journal is perfect for goal planning. It's a Practical Guide for Consciously Creating Your Days, and combines a yearly diary, goal and appointment planner, and daily tools for self-mastery.

3. Brainstorm Smaller Goals

It’s important to keep in mind that not all goals have to be massive and life-changing, and not all goals have to be massive to be life-changing.

Are there small things that you’ve been putting off for a while?

Take some time to brainstorm smaller, more immediate goals.

Maybe you want to deep clean your kitchen or accomplish a task like renewing your license.

Once you identify some of these smaller, but important or meaningful goals, you can then place them into the context of your larger life goals (maybe you want to clean your kitchen because you desire to live in a cleaner, healthier, uncluttered environment), and thus kickstart some motivation to begin.

4. Evaluate Why Your Goals Are Your Goals

As you identify and formulate your goals, take some time to consider them. Make sure that you are setting goals based on your dreams and desires, and not based on the desires of others.

If something is on your list just because you feel like it should be, get rid of it.

Your goal list is for you based on your deepest desires for your life.

They shpuld not be formulated or influenced someone else’s ideas of who you are or who you should be.

Take the time to review your brainstorm list, evaluating each desire individually to determine that it is truly yours and no one else’s.

5. Engage in the Bucket List Community

The bucket list community online can help inspire you to create goals for yourself.

Have you always wanted to explore nature or travel more?

Seeing others’ bucket lists can help inspire your own and give you some direction with narrowing down some broader goals you might have for your life.

Being able to clearly identify, define, articulate and envision the goals you choose is a critical element in bringing them to fruition.

SMART Goals - Establishing your life goals
6. Set SMART Goals

One scientifically backed way to set goals is through the SMART method:

Specific: Your goal should be clearly defined and precise. It should answer more questions than it creates.

Measurable: Your goal should include dates, times and exact financial numbers so you can measure achievement. Each step should be measurable. If you do this, you’ll know exactly when you have achieved the goal and can take satisfaction from the completion.

Actionable/Attainable: Your goal must be achievable. You should be able to accomplish it within your own constraints. If this is not possible, try extending your timeline and create more sub-goals.

Relevant/Realistic: Your goal should be something you actually care about. It should be in line with the direction you want to head in life.

Timely: Your goal should have a specific deadline for completion.

Example SMART goal:

“By December 15th 2018, I will apply to 10 graduate schools’ MFA programs in poetry,” as opposed to “I want to be a writer.”

This goal specifies the task at hand (namely, applying to MFA programs in poetry).

It is a measurable goal with a specific target: 10 schools.

The goal is achievable because the goal setter has 1. defined a limited time within which to accomplish her goal and specified and end-date, and 2. given herself enough time to carry out the related tasks.

It's relevant because it is helping the goal setter move toward something she feels passionate about.

Finally, the chosen goal is timely because it has a specific date by which the goal should be completed.

7. Break Down Your Goals

Some life goals seem huge or unattainable.

Maybe you want a house in Greenwich, Connecticut (one of the most eclusive areas in the US to buy a home).

Maybe you want to be the CEO of your company.

Maybe you want to be a public speaker who conducts presentations before thousands of people.

Maybe you want to live in a foreign country and help to build schools for impoverished children or help bring fresh drinking water to rural communities.

All of these goals seem huge at first glance, but instead of getting overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of them, try breaking down your goals into several actionable, smaller goals.

For example, if one of your life goals is to retire early, you will have to break that goal down into smaller goals.

How will you increase your income or cut spending (and over what period of time) so you can put addiitonal money into your retirement fund?

Will you need to pick up extra work?

These are the kinds of questions that can lead to the formulation of smaller goals to help you reach your larger goals.

8. State Each Goal as a Positive Statement

Express your goals positively.

Try mentally framing your goals as positive or actionable tasks in the style of “execute this technique” instead of negative thinking such as “don’t make this stupid mistake”.

In this way, you have something you CAN do to reach your goal instead of something you shouldn't do.

For example, if one of your goals is to “stop eating junk food” (negative) you could change that around to be “eat healthier snacks on a daily basis” (positive).

This way, you are accomplishing your goal every time you make a good choice instead of failing at your goal every time you slip up.

9. Set Priorities

Not all of your goals will have equal weight in your life.

You must therefore prioritize your goals so that you focus your energy and resources to obtain the most desired results.

This helps you avoid feeling overwhelmed by having multiple goals and helps to direct your attention to the most important ones.

10. Set performance goals, not outcome goals

If you base your goals on personal performance, then you can keep control over the achievement of your goals and draw satisfaction from them.

Avoid setting goals that explicitly involve something outside of your own control.

So for example, if one of your goals is to buy a house by the ocean, try thinking of it more as “saving enough money to buy a house by the ocean.”

In this way, as soon as you have the money to buy a house by the ocean, you have achieved your goal (Yay!) and won’t be discouraged (or view it as a failure) if in the process of actually finding a house, external circumstances make that difficult.

A goal without a plan is just a wish

 

Becasue goal setting and establishing life goals is an often talked about subject, you may think it's just over-used, positivity concept babble.

But I would challenge you to find a genuinely successful person who was not also a successful goal setter and achiever.

Setting goals doesn't make you successful. But setting meaningful, measurable, actionable and achievable goals (based on what you genuinely desire, are willing to commit to and work for) and taking the necessary steps to realize them is what makes you successful and helps move you forward into the life you want.

If you’re ready to start identifying what you want in life and setting realistic, attainable goals, then try our 10 methods for establishing your life goals and go for it.

What amazing life-altering experiences will you begin today?

If you've enjoyed reading this post, please share with your family and friends! Thanks!


Read More
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!