At present, I am living one of my dreams of travelling Europe with my husband. However, I didn’t wake up one morning and say to Andrew, “Pack your bags for today. We are going to Italy and Greece.” If only it was this easy!

First, I had to have a dream, and as I love to travel, this was easy.  Now I had a clear goal, I had to plan to make it happen, so I followed the S.M.A.R.T. goal plan.

S.M.A.R.T Goals

 

Specific

One of the most important qualities of an effective goal is that it’s specific. A specific goal clearly defines exactly what you want to accomplish. A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal.

To set a specific goal, ask yourself,

  • Who:       Who is involved?
  • What:     What do you want to accomplish?
  • Where:   Identify a location.
  • When:    Establish a time frame.
  • Which:   Identify requirement and constraints.
  • Why:       Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

Measurable

Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goals.

Attainable

You can attain most of the goals you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals, you build your self-image, you see yourself as worthy of these goals and you develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.

Realistic

To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents significant progress. A great deal of satisfaction is realised when you have ‘stretched’ yourself and you achieve something that originally you may have thought was beyond your reach.

Timely or Time Bound

Setting a time limit for the accomplishment of a goal helps motivate you toward its completion. By setting a date or time for a goal’s attainment, it becomes a priority and it is easier to remain focused.

Your SMART goals should be written down and I suggest sharing them with a friend who may encourage and keep you on track. They need to be out of your head and onto paper to make you feel accountable. Written goals are also tangible goals.

Remember success in anything requires you to take responsibility for yourself; it all starts with your thoughts, your attitude and your ability to set some clear goals. Without appropriate goals, you are wandering aimlessly through life and have little or no control over the direction you are headed.

As a woman over 50, if you reflect with dismay the dreams that may not have realised, it is not too late to become a goal achiever. Setting some clear SMART goals today will help you to begin feeling in control over your life. The more control you feel you have, the happier you will be and begin to live the life you have always dreamed of.

I would love to hear of any goals that you have set and achieved – no matter how small – and how you felt when you succeeded. Just write these in the box below and press send. Easy!

Take action now!

Kind regards,

Bev

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