Still Here Reflecting, Redefining and Reclaiming Those Goals!

This week I want to talk about step 3 to reflecting, redefining, and reclaiming your goals. I shared steps 1 & 2 prior. If you missed it, please read: Step 1 - Shift Your Mindset Step 2 - Seek Clarity

Today I'd like to talk about setting S.M.A.R.T goals . Goal setting can and should become a lifestyle habit, and it's great to have goals, but if you avoid making them S.M.A.R.T, you might set yourself up for disappointment. By this, I mean making sure your goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.

Be specific about what you would like to achieve; your goals should be well defined and clear cut. For example, instead of saying, "I would like to go back to school?" rephrase it to "I would like to go back to school and get my Masters Degree in Speech Pathology." Get a little deeper and really think about the "WHY" behind your goals. Is it solely to check off a box, or is it connected to a more significant meaning in your life? Is it tied to your personal mission? Understanding your "WHY" will motivate you to take the steps necessary to achieve your goals.

You should be able to measure your goals; this helps you to know how successful you are. If you have a goal to increase your monthly income. Instead of "I will increase my monthly income. Rephrase it to "I will increase my monthly income by $1000".

Your goals should be achievable / Attainable. Be realistic when setting your goals. Don't completely ignore certain blatant facts in your life. When I registered in my 2nd Master's program ten years after my 1st, I knew things would be different. I was no longer free and single; Instead, here I am, ten years later, married, a full-time job and two very active kids. So it would be ludicrous of me to think I'd be able to go to full time and finish within a year. So be realistic when setting your goals.

Make your goals relevant, in going through this process; you will have to evaluate if it is the right time to go after a specific goal. There are goals that I have pushed aside not because of uncertainty in achieving those goals, but right now, those goals are not in alignment with my family's goals.

Lastly, give your goals a date and time deadline; they are to be accomplished. By doing this, you give yourself something to work towards and hold you accountable. For example, "I will drink 1 gallon of water each day starting at 7 AM - 9 PM" - currently working on this goal.

Ok friends! Review those goals, tweak and make them S.M.A.R.T. As always, I love you for reading.

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