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Setting goals can be a great way to not only stay on track while working towards something more but also hold yourself or your team accountable. Whether you are looking to set a goal for tomorrow, the following week, or even a few years from now, doing so can make a big difference in the path you are on. Paying more attention to how we set our goals can help us in achieving them, which in turn can make us feel better about our life’s path. 

Here are some reasons why we should set goals, how to set smart and achievable goals, and how to maintain these goals with daily habits.

One Step at a Time

When setting goals, it’s essential to take it one step at a time and avoid setting goals that are unrealistic or so vague that you won’t know if or when you’ve reached them. It’s helpful to start small and break your goals into smaller more achievable steps through goal setting. This is a great way to visually interpret and realize future goals that you have set for either yourself or your organization.

For example, setting a goal of losing 100 pounds in the next year may seem daunting and unachievable, but committing to weekly or monthly goals that will achieve that ultimate goal may seem more realistic and doable. Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting goals that are either unrealistic or unattainable.  

By focusing on specific tasks toward a goal, you end up focusing your energy on achieving those specific goals. Doing so will not only improve your skill set but also helps you stay motivated and organized. Setting and achieving goals can gradually start to contribute to your personal growth, any advancements in your career, or the accomplishments of your team. 

Use SMART Goals

When setting goals, keep in mind the idea of working smarter and not harder. This can help you with breaking down big tasks into smaller and more achievable goals. This can create a process for you to track your progress.

When setting goals, it’s helpful to keep the SMART acronym in mind:

  • S – Specific. Make sure your goals are specific and straight to the point, it will help when planning them out. This should also involve setting real numbers and deadlines for your goals.
  • M – Measurable. Figure out a way to make your goal trackable, it will help when taking a look at the progress you have made. This is also a good point if your goal needs to be re-evaluated in order to be accomplished.
  • A – Attainable. Although a goal should be challenging, make sure it can also be achieved within your timeframe. 
  • R – Relevant. When making your goals you took a big task and broke it down into more actionable steps. Make sure to take a step back and analyze if your goal is still leading you to the original purpose intended.
  • T – Time-bound. Give yourself a realistic deadline for this goal. This will also help with task prioritizing and motivation along the way.

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