Goals: Obvious is ok.
Goals can be similar to railroad crossings – if we set a bad goal, we can feel like we didn’t make it across the tracks in time and caught the 5:30 head-on.
We’ve been talking about setting good goals. So far the three qualities of good goals are:
These three things will help us in creating good goals, there are two other qualities of a good goal that we should be aware of before we finalize any plans.
A good goal is also – RELEVANT. Let me ask you a question: if you set a goal, but have no passion for the area where the goal is focused – are you going to work on it? My guess is probably not. I know in my own life I have had the desire to learn to play the guitar, I have even signed up for lesson – TWICE. As of today, I do not know how to play the guitar…do you know why? I didn’t have any real application for playing the guitar – I really just liked the idea of being able to play the guitar. Does this mean you shouldn’t set a goal that is outside the realm of your focus? No, but realize you have to set a realistic expectation for yourself and find the application to keep motivated.
The last trait of a good goal that we’re going to talk about is: A good goal is TIME-SPECIFIC. How long do you want to give yourself for reaching your goal? Keeping in mind that a goal needs to be Attainable, what would be a realistic time frame? Give yourself too much time and you’re going to lose motivation – give yourself too little and you’re probably not going to reach your goal. So, going back to one of our original goals: ”I want to lose weight.” (weight goals are common examples, because almost everyone can relate to them.) Like we said a few weeks ago this is an admirable goal, but isn’t a good goal yet. If we just apply our criteria for what makes a goal good, we can easily transform it: “I want to lose 10 pounds in next six weeks.”
Just the addition of a couple key specifics changes the quality of a goal. This is now a Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-specific goal. It is a good goal (and probably one most of us need…)
And if you’re really serious about your goals – then make yourself accountable to someone. Tell someone else what your goal is and ask them to keep you on track – when we make something public we make it a more powerful influence in our lives. So, what goals are you going to set for yourself?