How to Write SMART Goals that Stick

This is your year. Your month. Moment. Your time to shine. You’ve decided to finally put pen to paper and write down some of those scary goals that’ve been rattling around the old noodle for the last #muchtoolong
But you’ve tried writing down your goals before, or goal setting, or whatever it all bloody is, and it didn’t work. #beenthere
So what makes smart goals?

You’ve got goals, you always have had them.
Don’t we all? Goals size / shape / manoeuvrability change person to person, but they’re there, whether written in coloured gel pen and stuck to your fridge or not. #youknowminearealsoglittery

So I did some research, asked some people, and for the past couple years have been employing this method and would you believe it, but #hotdamn I’m ticking off goals left, right and centre.

Yours could be super easy to say and remember right?
Get Rich. Get Skinny. Have an Amazing Partner. Boss AF Life.
Maybe not so easy to achieve, but they’re goals right, props on starting somewhere.

But like….
Are they actual goals? Or just things you say in December / January then completely forget about by April.

Are yours super general? Broken down with military precision? Have you really stopped and thought about what makes a successful goal?

How do YOU make it work for you

Start Small. Write Down Your Goals

Now please. Off you go. Grab a notebook if you’re a #peoplepleaser or a post it note if you’ve got no idea.
Just give it a crack though. Write down your goals.
Couple prime idea starters include
Wealth Health Family Friends Career Passions
Or if you’re really stuck, head on over to my post on How To Write & Stick to Achievable Goals CLICK HERE

Great, you’ve got your goals…. now what do I mean about SMART goals?

What are SMART Goals?

I first discovered the idea of SMART goals while working in the Australian education system. We used them to initially support students with special needs to break down their big goals into incremental and more achievable goals that we could align evidence and support to. #bitclinicalright
Around this time was when I was realising that I was a bit #poo at this whole achieving my goals thing. Great at writing and articulating them #orsoithought but terrible at the actual execution.

Break it Down for Me

S – SPECIFIC
Makes sense right? Be as specific as possible, and not all wishywashy. Not sure what I mean, well what about… Lose Weight vs Lose 15 kgs

M – MEASURABLE
How will you measure your success? I mean losing the 15kgs would be amazing? But also, making your healthy lifestyle choices a sustainable choice is super different to shredding for two months then it all coming back in the next two months as you haven’t embedded sustainable and measurable practice. Going to the gym three times a week and packing your lunch every day = measurable.

A – ACHIEVABLE
Can you go to the gym three times a week? Or would twice be better, and walking the dog another time be best? Have you said you’ll lose the 15kgs in a month? Or given yourself an achievable time frame. #spendthetimetothinkonit

R – REALISTIC
You’re dedicating all of this time to losing weight. But what in your life are you setting aside, or modifying to support you on this journey? Are you giving up TV to use that time to go to the gym? Have you told your mate to stop bringing you a jam donut every Friday for morning tea? Are you being realistic with your own capabilities?

T – TIMELY
When do you think you can achieve your goal by? Too big? Do you need to break it down into smaller, more achieveable timely chunks? Weekly or monthly check ins? Do you need a #goalsbuddy where you support one another to succeed? With out a time bound clause, your goal is nothing more then wishful thinking.

How to convert to SMART Goal writing

Lets use an example of one of my #og goals to put through the SMART paces.
Original Goal – BUY A HOUSE

Specific

S – Well my end goal was to buy a house, but to do that I needed a few things first. To know what I wanted in terms of size, bedrooms, location, who where good builders, if I was eligible for government subsidies etc. I needed a deposit. I needed a stable job that would assure my income. By thinking it over and considering my options, I decided to change my original goal to SAVE FOR A DEPOSIT as it was more specific and the others could be worked in to supporting this one.

Measurable

M – Now that I had my more specific goal, I was able to make it measurable. I broke down how much I made a fortnight, researched what the market value of what I wanted was, budgeted out compulsory payments like rent and electricity, made allowances for the #funstuff and then told myself I would have a deposit saved by x time in the future. I created two monthly checkins and ensured I planned for little #wins for myself whenever I reached them. 25% of my deposit was a night at the movies, 50% of my deposit was getting my nails done. Small; but #worthit

Achievable

A – I made sure I was really honest with myself about my strengths and weaknesses around this goal. I have struggled to budget in the past, so looked at my strengths and identified that I was #stillam super competitive. So I downloaded an app that I set the notifications on for and monitored my spending every month to make sure I was meeting my targets. I made it attainable by working to my strengths and personalising the process.

Realistic

R – I knew my desire to live in my own house, and not one I was paying rent to others was higher then my desire to have a super massive deposit. I knew I did not have the option of outside assistance such as parent donations nor guarantors. So when setting my measurable time line, I added three months. Both for a #realitycheck and so that this process didn’t completely take over my life.

Timely

T – I had my hopeful end date. And I had my theoretical dates for those goals that came after save for a deposit. These where not as hard and fast, as just because I wanted to find my perfect piece of land, doesn’t mean the universe was going to supply. But by having these time bound markers, they helped me stay on track, accountable and with my end in sight.

You Do You Now
But… SMART

Look at your goals
Turn them SMART
Easy as that
In doing this process, you might face some uncomfortable truths that some of your goals are hard. Or that maybe they don’t fill you with #glitterybutterflies like they once did.
You’re talking to someone who a year ago would have jumped at any opportunity at a career progression. Yet right now, is looking the other way and instead focusing on making her/me a bloody strong and amazing individual that isn’t defined by her job title. This is a goal that was only recently redefined, and once done, #glitterybutterflies returned.

You do you. Make you happy. Work on your growth.
And if you come up with any super #amazeballs goals that you would like to share, pop them in the comments below.
Lets help one another to rise with our amazing goals and dedication to self improvement.

Happy Days Bohemians,
Shannon x

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