In the mental health field, when we encourage others to identify life goals, we promote an acronym that helps them break down their goals into manageable steps. It’s called the “SMART” goal.
Now I don’t know about you, but many times I have a goal in my head and heart that seems unmanageable, impossible and too far in the future for me to be willing to work on it right now. And so, the goal slips away until I reach a point of frustration again when I’m willing to give the goal a second look.
So how about you? What are your goals? Do they fit within the “SMART” model?
- Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
- Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
- Assignable – specify who will do it.
- Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
- Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.
Let’s break this down.
So I’m working for myself a 3-5 year business plan. As of now, it seems like it’s far out of reach and based on current sales, not possible at this time. So what do I need to do?
Make my goal:
- Specific: Instead of saying, “I want to work full-time in selling my yarn”, break it down into more mini steps that will help you actualize it on a more manageable path. In this instance, I could say, “I want to increase my online monthly net sales by at least 10% each month.”
- Measurable: 10% is the measure.
- Assignable: I am the one to promote, make the yarn, ship, network, etc.
- Realistic – I’m not going to say “I want to be self-sufficient on yarn sales in a year”. I need to progress so I don’t burn out, easily frustrate and give up. Earning a 10% increase in online sales each month is pretty realistic for now.
- Time related – I have the goal set on a monthly timeline for my review.
So tell me, what are your goals? How can you break them down into manageable steps?