Goals are simply a plan to reach a destination in life, similar to planning a walking trek or a road trip. When we plan either one of these we set a time that we are going to leave (Where we are at this point in time). We plan to get to a destination (Our Specific Goal), how long we are going to take to get there (Timeframe), in some cases we would measure the trip either by a food budget or a fuel and accommodation budget (Measurable). In both these cases we would make sure that the trip was both (Achievable) and (Realistic).
Why is it then, that when it comes to setting goals for what we want in life that we find it hard to set goals?
In most case when we start to consciously choose to set goals we are coming from a place of being dissatisfied with our current situation, in whatever area of our life or business it may be. The reason for setting the goal is that we want to change the status quo. In getting to this point the reasoning behind the goal setting action is that the PAIN of not changing has increased to the point where it has forced us to act, when we are at this point we are wanting or needing to see change so we tend to set goals that are either NOT specific, NOT measurable, NOT achievable, NOT Realistic or have a timeframe that we can NOT achieve.
That is why it is important when you set goals that they are S.M.A.R.T goals.
S - Specific
M - Measurable
A - Achievable
R - Realistic
T - Timeframe
More on SMART goals next post...