With the start if the new year and the “New year, New me” post I figured it was the perfect time to share my top 5 tips for setting goals. Not only setting them but achieving them.
- My first tip would be to set S.M.A.R.T. goals:
A S.M.A.R.T. goal is specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. To explain this we are gonna say that we are trying to save $6,000 by the end of the year. So now let’s break this goal down using the aspects of a S.M.A.R.T. goal. The amount of money you are wanting to save is a specific and set amount compared to just saying you would like to save money in 2018. It is measurable due to the quantitative quality of the money. It is achievable as long as you have a source of income. It is realistic as long as your needs are met from your income with taking the savings amount out. It is timely due to adding a due date on the goal. Due dates help keep us accountable for our goals.
- Secondly be honest with yourself:
I know that as a kid my grandmother used to always tell me, “girl your eyes are bigger than your stomach! You are not going to finish that.” I think many people, including myself, do this same thing with our goals. We set these big elaborate goals that without having the time or resources to reach that goal. Now I am not saying to not reach for the stars but be realistic with yourself about the goal you are setting. I know for me when I set a goal and fail to reach it, I get really hard and down on myself. However, when I look back at it, if I would have just taken the time to make sure my goal was something I can actually achieve or even broken it down into smaller pieces it could have saved me a lot of disappointment.
- Hold yourself accountable:
As with anything you must hold yourself accountable. This is a struggle I know…but you must do a check-in on your progress. Due dates are also important for being accountable! Having a due date gives you a timeline and that little extra push as the due date gets closer and closer! So, try setting milestones before the due date for your goals to check in with the progress so that you can stay on track!
- Set goals in sections:
For those who are ambitious and who dream big I know this will be tough but set goals in sections. Take those really big goals and break them into more manageable blocks. For example, we will go back to the goal of saving $6,000 by the end of the year. Try setting the goal to save $2,000 every three months. That will bring you to your goal of $6,000 without such a daunting number lingering over your head. Making these goals more manageable will save stress and potentially make the goal more ‘fun’. Completing a block of your goal also brings a feeling of success which is a little extra motivation to complete the goal in the end!
- Most importantly keep your mouth shut:
I CAN NOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH!!!!!!!! You just have to keep your mouth shut about some things. Everyone that is praying for you is not praying for your success. Jealousy is real and it often lies within your own circle. So, set your goals, pray about them, but be careful who you share them with if anyone at all. I know it is exciting to have this new goal, to think about the end goal and to want to share it with someone. However, sometimes it is best to just keep it to yourself until you have secured the situation. The worst thing is to share a goal with someone and then have it fall through. Not only are you disappointed, but the people you shared it with are likely to judge you for “failing”.