Change is Good: Learning to Act on S.M.A.R.T Goals

Did you make a New Year’s resolution earlier this year that you’re having a hard time fulfilling? Don’t worry; it happens to most of us. That said, what if making the change you seek is easier than you believe? There are some ways you can train your mind to adapt more efficiently to life adjustments, making it easier to stick to goals as well as make them happen. That said, let’s explore a pivotal way to take your dreams and will them into reality: The S.M.A.R.T goals system!  

Specific

First off, consider what you’re trying to achieve. Is it a clear goal, such as saving a certain amount of money by the middle of the year? Or, is it more vague, such as saving whenever you can for the sake of it. If your situation sounds similar to the latter, it’s going to be harder to achieve the goals you want. You need a clear-cut strategy that focuses on a specific desire. With concrete self-direction, you can make it happen because it won’t feel so overly ambitious or generalized.

Measurable

Don’t just plan for one significant achievement – spread out the joy and celebrate smaller milestones as the year plays out! This will incentivize you to continue making progress, rather than feel like that lofty goal is eons away. It’s surprising how impactful our means of measuring goals can be on our own growth.

Accountable

Your spouse nagging on you or a loved one being blunt with guidance means one thing: You’re being responsible for the goals you set by looping them in, and they want to ensure you succeed. We all need our own “cheerleaders” that support and encourage us to do our best, and this is where accountability comes into play when trying to enact change.

Realistic

Too many times, we shoot a little higher than we ought to. It’s a good thing to dream big, but if our expectations are unrealistic, it’s likely that we won’t get very far. This is due primarily to being discouraged or overwhelmed, with stress triggers impacting our progression towards lofty milestones.

Timely

Good things come to those who wait, and patience is indeed a virtue! It takes a long time to train your mind to be more accepting that things won’t happen overnight. However, once you do, you’ll end up appreciating those milestone achievements even more. After all, savouring the reward for your hard work leads to motivation to do more great things!

Change is good, but setting the direction for that change in an efficient manner is even more important! Otherwise, you may make less progress and feel discouraged. In the end, do your very best, but be S.M.A.R.T about it and you’ll achieve much more in life.

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