Thank you to all that came to the Goal Setting Workshop this weekend! We are honored that you took the time to focus on yourself - with us. In our final entry in our series, we discuss with you how to be SMART as you pursue your goals in the new year.
In preparation for the event, we asked you to reflect on why you might begin to change your daily habits, define what success means to you, and evaluate where you are today. This purposeful process leads us to our fourth installment: setting SMART goals. If you attended the Workshop, we did just that. If you're preparing to focus on them in your own time - this post is for you. SMART goals represent the "rubber hits the road" plan for forward movement.
So what are they? S.M.A.R.T. goals are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely. Let's find out more about each of these components.
Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal, be clear about what is expected, why it's important, who is involved, where it is going to happen, and which attributes are important. If you need help addressing any of these questions, try revisiting the Part 1 of this blog series.
Measurable: Establish criteria for measuring progress towards the goals you set. When you measure progress, you stay on track, reach you target days and experience the exhilaration of achievement that encourages you to continue to put effort towards forward movement. Reread Part 2 of this series and our discussion of success - how will you KNOW when you have achieved, or partly achieved, your idea of success?
Attainable: When you identify goals that are important and meaningful to you, you figure out ways to make the changes required to make them reality. You develop attitudes, abilities, skills and capacity to reach them. You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps - our intent of the Goal Setting Workshop. In Part 3 of our series, we asked you to take stock of your position today - this not only refers to your physical ability but your psychological and greater environmental readiness to make change. You must see yourself as worthy of your goals. You must find yourself in a position at home, at work, within your social circles - to make change.
Realistic: Much like attainability, realistic goals must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both ambitious and realistic - you are the only one who can decide just how ambitious your goal should be. During our evaluation phase, you thought about what skills and abilities you bring to the table for 2016. Create great goals out of this assessment, but understand that sometimes an ambitious goal is easier to reach than one you’re apathetic about - a lackadaisical goal requires little momentum and motivational force.
Timely: A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it, there is no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 15 pounds, when do you want to lose it by? “Someday” won’t cut it. If you anchor it within a time frame, “in 3 months time” or “by March 2016”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind in motion to begin working on the goal. During our Goal Setting Workshop, you set up 3, 6 and 9 month checkpoints in 2016 to get at this very idea.
We know we are better, more #KingfieldStrong now that we have verbalized our goals to ourselves. We invite you to share your 2016 goals with each other or a Kingfield coach so we can help you stay accountable and solidify our goal within your goal. If you were not able to attend our workshop, there are paper copies of our Goal Setting worksheet at Kingfield - just ask a coach to grab you one. We've received great feedback from some of you asking us to hold an official "check in" session at 3, 6, and 9 months. We hear you! Stay tuned for further communication about these sessions.
We thank you participating in this journey and we are excited to grow with you throughout the next year.