Goal is your dream only made realistic

Are you a dreamer? Is your head in clouds? Mine too! I don’t know any person who is not dreaming of something. I love dreaming and wandering through the ways of my imagination but what would it feel like if you can make your dreams come true? Well it is easier than you think and more achievable than you can imagine.

In my Self Development Plan post I mentioned about the idea of setting SMART goals.

Let’s focus a bit on it and uncover what is really hidden behind SMART goal.

SMART goals are:

Specific –

To set a specific goal you should answer the six “W” questions:

  • *Who:      Who is involved?
  • *What:     What do I want to accomplish?
  • *Where:    Identify a location.
  • *When:     Establish a time frame.
  • *Which:    Identify requirements and constraints.
  • *Why:      Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

A general goal would be, “I need/ want to loose some weight.” This is a goal but how will you know how successful you are? How you are going to measure a progress? When will you know you have accomplished it?”

Specific goal would say, “I want to lose 5 kg in one month.” – Now we have a base to start working on.

Measurable – to know if you achieved your goal it is best when you can actually measure it. In our example we said you want to lose 5 kg. That is something you can control and measure your progress on.

Achievable – Ok so now you know that you want to lose 5 kg. It is time to ask a question. How achievable it is? See what tools you have to make it happen. In general words these are your skills and resources you can use to make the goal work.

Realistic – we have a goal we know we can make it happen so now the reality check comes into play. We need to make sure that loosing 5 kg in one month is a realistic thing to happen. If you have dinners planned, travels etc most likely you will not keep to any diet or exercise plan and in the end you will get frustrated with no accomplishments or progress.

Time based – if you close your goal with time line then you most likely have more chances to focus on it simply because you set yourself already on action. If you want to lose weight and you don’t set any timeframe then most likely you will find some excuses to “start next day”as there is always time to do it, right?:)

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