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  • Writer's pictureHeidi Deanne Coaching

Reaching Your Goals with SMART Planning and Consistent Action

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

Are you tired of setting goals that never seem to be achieved? Do you find yourself feeling unmotivated and uninspired as you try to reach your objectives? Setting SMART goals is a powerful tool that can help you turn your aspirations into reality.

SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. These are the key elements that should be included in every goal that you set. By following the SMART criteria, you can set goals that are clear, achievable, and motivating. In this blog post, we will be discussing the five steps to setting SMART goals and how to work towards them in small, manageable steps.

First, we will define what a SMART goal is and why it is important. Next, we will discuss how to break down your goals into smaller, more manageable steps. We will then show you how to create a plan of action that outlines the specific steps you will take to achieve your goal. Following that, we will talk about the importance of taking action and staying focused and motivated throughout the process. Finally, we will discuss how to review and adjust your goals as you work towards them.

By the end of this blog post, you will have a better understanding of how to set SMART goals and how to work towards them in small steps. You will also have the tools and knowledge necessary to turn your aspirations into reality. So let's get started on setting and achieving our goals!

What is a SMART goal?

A SMART goal is a specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound objective. It is a clear and concise statement that outlines what you want to achieve, and it includes criteria for determining whether or not the goal has been met. The purpose of a SMART goal is to provide a framework for setting and achieving objectives that are well-defined, actionable, and achievable. By setting SMART goals, you can increase your chances of success and achieve your aspirations in a structured and motivated way.

Tip #1 - Define your goal

Defining a SMART goal is the first step in setting a goal that is clear, achievable, and motivating. Take the time to think through your goal and make sure it is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. To set a specific goal, you should be clear about what you want to achieve, who is involved, and where it's going to happen. To make it measurable, you should be able to track your progress, and to make it attainable, it should be realistic and within your reach, but challenging. To make it relevant, your goal should align with your values and overall vision, and to make it time-bound, it should have a specific deadline to be achieved.

"If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time." – Zig Ziglar

Tip #2 - Break it down

Having smaller, actionable steps to take to reach your Big Goal will make it easier to see how you can work towards your goal and will help you stay motivated as you make progress. Once you have a clear goal in mind, break it down into these more manageable steps with a focus on the specific tasks that need to be completed in order to achieve the goal. To break down a goal in smaller steps, you can use a method such as reverse planning where you start by identifying the end goal, and then work backwards to determine the steps required to reach it. Another way to break down a goal is to focus on the critical path which are the most important and necessary steps to reach the goal, and working on them first.

Tip #3 - Make a plan

Creating a plan of action for a SMART goal is an important step in turning your aspirations into reality. This plan should outline the specific steps you will take to achieve your goal, including a timeline for when you will take each step and any resources you will need to complete them. It's important to also include a plan for how to measure progress, and how to adapt if things don't go as planned.

Tip #4 - Take action

Taking action is the most important step in working towards a SMART goal. It means setting aside time each day or week to work on your goal, and staying focused and motivated throughout the process. It's important to be consistent and persistent in taking action, even when faced with obstacles or setbacks. Prioritizing your goal and making it a part of your daily routine can help you stay on track. It's also important to have a support system, whether it's a friend, a family member, or a coach, to help keep you motivated and accountable. Remember, progress is not linear and it's important to celebrate small wins and progress along the way.

"Believe you can and you're half way there." – Theodore Roosevelt

Tip #5 - Reflect + pivot

Reflecting on your progress in working towards a SMART goal is an important step in ensuring that you are making the most of your time and effort. By reviewing your progress, you can assess whether you are on track to achieve your goal and make any necessary adjustments to your plan. This step allows you to identify any obstacles or challenges that you may be facing, and find ways to overcome them. Additionally, you can use this time to celebrate your progress and small wins, which will help you stay motivated and focused. It is also important to review your goal and check if they are still relevant, if they are no longer relevant, you may need to adjust your goal or make a new one. Keeping a journal or a log of your progress can be a great way to track and review your progress. Regularly reviewing your progress will help ensure that you stay on track and achieve your goal in a timely manner.

Why Small Steps Lead to Success

As a coach, I recommend my clients take small steps everyday, create a daily or weekly checklist, and reward themselves for their progress. These small steps lead to success as they allow you to build momentum and make steady progress towards your goal, rather than becoming easily discouraged by a large, daunting task. Additionally, I remind my clients to be kind to themselves, that progress and success are not linear, and it's okay to have setbacks. And remember: imperfect action always trumps perfect inaction!

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