Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals is the first step toward business success. Goals that are specific, measurable, agreeable (you agree to give it all you got), realistic and timely is SMART!Have you set YOUR goals yet? Share them in the comments below. Just putting them in print and sharing them with someone else will make all the difference in whether or not you achieve them.
A few words about Goal Setting: Do you have goals for your business? Setting goals and determining rewards for reaching benchmarks will make a big difference in your business. Best Practice is to set S.M.A.R.T. Goals:
Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. to set a specific gaol, first figure out your what, why, where, when, who.
WHAT is the goal? Example: To acheive to next reconition rank for my company. Need 6 new business builders.
WHY do you want to reach this goal? Example: To make enough extra cash to pay for Christmas.
WHERE do you have to go to make this goal happen? Example: Tables at expos, home parties, canvasing business, etc.
WHEN fill you have to do the work to make this dram come true. Example: Nov. 1st – Jan. 1st
WHO will help you? Example: Will need to help 6 business partners grow their business by bringing in 4 new business builders each.
Another EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, “Get in shape.” But a specific goal would say, “Join a gym and workout 3 days per week. Lose 10 pounds by Jan. 1st.”
Measurable – Determine ways of measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. Measuring your progress will help you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal. To decide if your goal is measurable, ask questions like How much? How many? How will know?
Agreeable– Set goals that jive with your beliefs. Your goals should closely related to those things that are most important to you. You have to be able to agree to making them come true. When thy are VERY important to you, you will be encouraged to figure out ways you can make them come true. You looks for ways to improve your attitude, abilities, skills, and chances of reach them. You will feel more secure taking risks, because as the saying goes, “You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.” You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals. Goals once seemed far away and out of reach, eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to go after them.
Realistic– Realistic means, it can be done. You are the only one who can decide if a goal is realistic, but be careful. Goals can be set too high and too low. Decide what you can actually achieve and readjust when you progress pass an originally set goal. Look for others that have already accomplished what you want and model their behavior.
Timely – A goal is dream with a deadline! Set a time frame and get to work. Decide how long it will take and your unconscious mind will feel the urgency and will begin pushing you towards that goal.
Remember, all the talk in the world will get you NO where with out action. Actions really do speak louder than words and action moves mountains. Who do you think will move this mountain?
It is action and action alone that will determine your ability to go after and reach your goals. All you wishes and hopes will remain dreams existing only in your thoughts instead of being made into a reality until you do something about them. Making an action plan of how you will be able to achieve them is the first step. Following the plan is the second step. Whether you fail or succeed depends on your willingness to follow through and complete each step.