We all have Vision Boards or at least a vision of where we see ourselves in the near future, which inspires and persuades us to achieve your goals.
It’s time to examine our goals and to structure them efficiently, a goal without a proper plan is just a wish.
Now while you examine your goals keep in mind the SMART rule.
What is the SMART rule?
Well, I am glad you asked. SMART is an acronym that can be used to evaluate and add structure to your goals stands:
We have a plethora of goals we want to achieve and they are sometimes quite generalized and vague and sometimes we do not understand how to achieve them. The goals we want to achieve should be very clear and well defined. The precise way to “How you want to get from here to there” should be unambiguous.
For example, One’s goal is to be healthier.
“What according to you is healthy?”
Working out 5 times a week for 45 minutes, decreasing the consumption of soda or alcohol by replacing it with water and probably fresh juice.
Keeping a track of your goals is an important process for your milestones, for when you achieve them or evaluate when you are unable to. It is relevant to keep a track on your goals; otherwise, how would you know when you achieve them?
Let’s continue with the Example above:
Losing weight is my perception of being healthy.
“How much weight or how many inches from your waist would you like to lose?”
“I want to lose 20 Kgs, maybe that’s a bit much, so we start with losing 3kgs, and evaluate what works for us.”
It is the progress that will keep us determined and impel us to move ahead
Make sure that the goals and task you have set yourself to achieve are realistic. As we tend to set unrealistic goals and while they do motivate us for a short term, we may certainly end up giving up on them.
So, instead of being unrealistic and impossible, set goals that are challenging yet achievable, and will encourage you to move forward rather than burning you out.
For example, we want to be millionaires by the end of this month, well it sounds amazing although it is quite unrealistic if we are even unable to pay our bills on time.
Rather our goal should be,
“How can I earn an extra Rs. 2000 every month, whether as a bonus or an increment?”
“How can I invest right and save money by not splurging it the second I receive it?”
The objective is not to set a goal that may lead us to failure, but to set the bounds within the possibility of achieving it.
Your goals should be applicable to the direction you want your career and life to follow.
You need to be honest with yourself and know what you are actually capable of.
Pursuing irrelevant goals may lead us nowhere and we may realize quite later and achieving it may not accomplish much.
I wanted to learn Japanese, just to watch the anime without the dubbing and the subtitles, also becoming fluent in a foreign language can be fun.
It took a lot of my time and energy, as no one in my circle knew the language and making extra time to learn it became a bit exigent.
The question I should’ve asked myself is, “Why I want to achieve this goal?”
“What is the purpose of this goal?”
T- Time Bound
All our goals must have a time frame which is essential, as not setting a time limit would mean we have unlimited time to complete our tasks for the goals.
While working on a time-frame we must divide our task into the urgent, important matrix and set our priorities straight accordingly.
In school, I would study difficult subjects first and leave the easier subjects to be studied later, as I would spend enough time to study each subject and be prepared for the tests and exams coming ahead.
I ask myself before every task:
“Is it urgent or important?”
“How urgent or important is it for me to complete the task?”
“What will happen after I complete the task in hand at the given time?”
Now you know, what sort of goals should be on your Vision Board!!
Remember, Every Goal you make should me S.M.A.R.T!!