Part 1:  Great Goal setting

Making change is hard – we put it off (‘I’ll diet tomorrow’) or we think our dreams are too big (‘I could never do that’) or we wait for the mythical ‘right time’.  But the time to change is NOW.  Even if the goal seems unobtainable or too big, we need to start or just go on as we are.

Setting goals, from small to big, is an important part of coaching.   And your coach will help you set good strong goals by using focused questions to get you to really think about what you want.

To be a great goal, it needs to be SMART.

S = Specific – you need to drill down and work out exactly what you want to achieve.  So, for example, like me, you may want to lose weight.  But as a goal  that is just too vague and gives plenty of wriggle room for ‘oh well, I’ll stop eating chocolate tomorrow’ and other such like excuses.  In order to have a meaningful goal, you need to state exactly what you want to achieve.  So, in the losing weight example, you would say ‘I am 9st 12 by 1st September 2019’.  This gives a specific target which you can then divide up into weekly smaller goals that will feel more achievable.

M = Measurable – all goals need to have a way of measuring success.  It’s straightforward in the losing weight example but even more abstract goals can be measured. And the important thing is that the measure males sense to you – it’s your goal after all!  So. ‘I have improved at public speaking’ could be measured by ‘I sound relaxed and confident when I give my talk on 12th May’.  Once you put a measurement on a goal, it gives you something definite to work towards and so makes it more likely you will achieve it.

A = Achievable and R = Realistic –we can all create amazing sounding goals but if they are too far out of our comfort zone, then we are unlikely to take action towards them as it will feel like an impossible dream.  So I could come up with the goal of climbing Everest but, as I am not a climber and nowhere near the fitness levels required, then I am very, very unlikely to do anything about it.  However, I could work on a goal to run 5k.  So it is important to set a goal that stretches you enough to make life interesting but not so much that you run as fast as you can away from the very idea of it!

And, finally, T = Timely – a goal needs to have a date on it.  And it has to be a realistic one.  If you want to lose 2 stone by next week, that isn’t going to happen.  You need to make it a date that you can work towards and that isn’t impossible.

So there you have it – how to set SMART goals.  But, of course, there is much more to goal achievement than making a lovingly crafted, SMART goal.  You have to actually do something and that’s where the problems start.  For more on getting motivated and finding out what’s holding you back, look out for my next article coming next week.

In the meantime, I would love to hear from you if you would like to work with me on deciding on your goals, getting them to stick and creating an action plan to move you forward.  Click here to email me to set up a discovery call.