Setting yourself up for success means having a plan. A SMARTER Goals Template is a powerful tool that provides you with an easy-to-follow structure to create achievable goals and develop strategies for reaching them quickly and efficiently.
This article explains what SMART Goals and SMARTER Goals are, and how to set them. It also includes a FREE printable SMARTER goals template and an example of a completed template that you can download for FREE when you join the Genie VIP Club!
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Let's look at the difference between SMART Goals and SMARTER Goals.
The letters of the acronym S.M.A.R.T. are used to define the criteria that SMART Goals should meet: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
SMART(ER) goals are based on the SMART criteria (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound), but include two additional steps to increase the chances of you achieving your goal:
Follow each of the criteria defined below to craft actionable, measurable, and achievable goals in no time!
Defining your goal objective is the first step in transforming your dreams into a plan. Start by asking yourself what it is that you are specifically looking to achieve, who will help you do it, and why it's important. Make sure your goal has clarity and focus so that you can immediately see the direction in which it will take you.
After deciding which goal you want to achieve and why you'll need to decide how to measure your progress. To do this, define what a successful outcome looks like in terms of quantitative or qualitative metrics. This will also help you set interim targets along the way (i.e. milestones) that lead to the overall target.
Once you've determined the purpose of your goal, it's important to think about how you are going to achieve it:
When faced with a big goal, break it down into smaller and more achievable sub-goals and milestones. This will make it easier to stay on track as you work towards achieving your ultimate goal.
Set realistic deadlines for yourself for each step of the way,
so you’ll always have something to aim for.
Ask yourself why this goal matters to you and how it fits within your overall life plan. Knowing the answer to both questions will help ensure that the SMARTER goals you create are from objectives that are self-motivated and not just goals that have been set by someone else. Taking ownership of a goal is essential if you want to be successful in achieving it.
Evaluate how achieving your goal will affect your family, work, and social life. What sacrifices will you have to make? Are you prepared to bear the consequences of making those sacrifices?
Once you've set milestones and identified the resources needed to reach your goal, it's time to create a timeline.
Map out each milestone and set a date for completion. This will provide clarity and ensure that you stay on track. Committing to specific dates can help you visualize success and give you an extra motivational boost when progress seems slow.
This step involves evaluating your progress on the goal just after the milestones you've set. Determine what's working, what's not working, and any problems being experienced.
After evaluating your progress, decide whether you need to make any adjustments to your goal plan to stay on track.
Reward yourself when you meet your deadlines and don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t. Reflect on what went wrong or why, then adjust your strategy accordingly to ensure success next time around!
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