The Importance Of Goal Setting

June 5, 2020

Every goal, whether it's long term or short term, needs a plan of action.

And how using the S.M.A.R.T. Goals approach can help!

"If I could go back in time and do it all over..."

How would you answer that? It's hard right?? And it should be. Because your life and everything that has happened to you has gotten you this far. If you made one tiny little change, it would set off a massive chain reaction that alters the course of your future. And the likelihood of you being where you are now might never have happened. Or would it?

Some people believe you are born to do or be whatever it is you are or become. Others think it's the choices you make in life that fork your path over and over and over like a Choose Your Own Adventure book. For me, I had a dream. Hell, I even had a plan of action that I was following. I was all set and determined to become a police officer from as far back as I could remember. I even have it in my 8th-grade yearbook under "What I will be in the future"!

But, somewhere along the way, my path forked and forked and I changed my direction several times since then. But one thing always remained: when my goals changed, I made sure I set up another plan of action. Otherwise, you have no visible and measurable path to help you achieve the goal. Do people set goals and hit them without a plan? Yeah, sure. But having a set plan keeps you on the right path and can help break down a big goal into many smaller steps which in turn makes it much more manageable. That's where using the S.M.A.R.T. Goals method really shines!

So what is this S.M.A.R.T. Goals method anyway? S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for each section that helps plan out your goal. It stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound. If you signed up and got my free worksheet, you should already know how each section works. For those of you who haven't gotten it, email me and I'll make sure you get a copy. In that worksheet I go over every step and give you some tips and hints on how to maximize each section to not only help you get your goals planned out super quick but most importantly, to help set your self up for success!

Oh and if you're interested in hearing more about how I went from thinking I was going to be a police officer to playing drums in a band to designer and then brand strategist, listen to the Potentially podcast episode below where I was their guest talking about Finding your "Why".