Don’t lose sight of the big picture, but focus on today
Setting SMART goals is easy, but you do nee dto break your goals down into ‘bite sized chunks!
Everyone should have any number of little aims about which they should be conscious and for which they should have names, but they should have neither name for, nor consciousness concerning, the main aim of their life.
– Samuel Butler
OK. I know that’s a bit wordy, I get that, but take a moment to think about what it’s trying to say!
You should have many small, achievable goals.
And achieving one goal will inevitable lead you to set more.
Sometimes, the next goals will be predictable.
Sometimes something in your life will have changed, and the next set of goals may take you in an unexpected direction.
But let’s not forget the key point here.
We need to focus on achieving those small goals.
If we don’t, and we focus too much on a mythical end result, we will never get there.
Setting SMART goals and achieving them delivers our dreams.
This is really just another slant on the old saying – look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.
Achieving small goals will inevitably lead you to achieving your bigger goals as long as the goals you set are SMART.
You just need to be methodical when you’re setting SMART goals and ask yourself these questions:
- Is the goal SPECIFIC?
Do I know exactly what I need to do to achieve it?
- Is the goal MEASURABLE?
How exactly will I know when I have achieved it?
- Is the goal ACHIEVABLE?
I don’t want my goals to be so small and easy that I spend more time setting goals than achieving them, but at the same time, I want my goals to be broken down into achievable chunks.
Do I have everything I need to be able toa chieve the goal?
- Is the goal RELEVANT?
Will achieving the goal get me closer to my overall target, my dream?
If not, why am I doing it?
- Is the goal TIME-BOUND?
Do I know when I will have completed my goal?
Can I set a time limit for achieving the goal and work towards that?
What do I do when I have set my SMART goals?
The answer to this is entirely predictable, I’m afraid.
- Focus on achieving those goals
- let the bigger goals take care of themselves