3 Reasons Why You Need to Set Goals

“Happy New Year!” We say it but what are we doing to make that the truest statement possible. What are you going to do to make this your best year yet? Well, when I put it like that it sound like such a daunting task. Let’s be honest, it is. But it doesn’t have to be. Setting goals is just a fancy way of saying making a plan. Goals are nothing more than a plan. Some goals are better than others. A good goal will have some key elements that will help them to become more attainable. A well thought out goal will be SMART. These are the goals that are Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound.

Specific: When you get specific about a goal your chances of accomplishing that goal are greater because you have clarity on the task at hand. You set your expectation, or measures of success right from the start. If you are struggling with being specific about your goals, ask yourself the who, what where, when and why. 

Measurable: How do we know if we have reached an acceptable level of success toward meeting our goal? There must be some criteria set for measuring progress toward that goal. Because your goals are personal you can set your own benchmarks for success. Don’t forget to reward yourself when you meet those benchmarks. Who doesn’t like to be recognized for their hard work?!

Achievable: Be sure to set goals that are attainable, challenging, but yet doable by you. Keep your goals within the scope of your capabilities. There is nothing more frustrating than setting out to do a task that you have no business doing. A task that you are nowhere near equipped to handle. That would be setting yourself up for failure. Start by making your goals just outside of your field of comfort. As you gain small successes you will see your confidence grow by leaps and bounds. Your willingness to seek out greater challenges will also increase. That is what success does for you. It gives you the confidence to go bigger and better and that is how we grow. So as they say, baby steps… 

Relevant: The Goals you set need to make sense. If your goal is to practice law you probably wouldn’t focus on studying organic chemistry. Your goals need to be in line with where you desire to go. Each goal is a stepping stone toward the bigger picture. This is why setting goals gets you clear on what to do. The only way to know what to do is to really, seriously think about where you’re headed.

Time-bound: Give yourself a deadline for reaching your goal. If you’re anything like me and a great portion of the population, procrastination can get at that ass. When you set a deadline you create for yourself, at least in your mind, a sense of urgency to get the job done. It encourages you to be mindful of the management of your time.

Being consistent with your goals will be difficult at first, as is anything new or anything worth doing. But do it any way. You will be propelled by your success to do more and more. You will aspire to bigger things. Setting goals and crushing them will put you in a progress mindset. Begin to hold yourself to a higher standard. Think about where you are now. Is it where you want to be? I encourage you to kick this thing off by asking yourself this question. And not just asking. I mean asking and answering. Like a for real answer Sis. Is where you are now where you want to be? Being clear on your goals will be the roadmap between where you are and where you want to be. Just remember the most beautiful part of this journey is that it will be one that you design for yourself. There is no right way, no wrong way. So cut yourself some slack and go do the damn thing.

Until We Meet Again,

Shavon