Why setting a S.M.A.R.T Goal is so important!!

If I asked you to set a goal right now what would you say?

Recruit more people?
Sell more stuff?
Make training videos?

Its unlikely these goals would ever happen, or at least in the timescales you’d want them too… but why??

When setting goals you should always think S.M.A.R.T – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time orientated.

For example – I want to recruit more people – How many people? How quickly do you want to recruit them? Is it achievable & realistic to do it? I would like to recruit 2 new people this week would be considered SMART as you know you would like to find 2 (measurable) new people within the next week (time orientated) and this is both achievable and realistic to do. Saying you wanted to recruit 200 people this week is probably less realistic or achievable and is likely to leave you feeling disappointed when you haven’t done it even though it was highly unlikely to have been done in the first place!

Goals don’t even have to be that big, ‘I must respond to all my outstanding email queries today’ or ‘I will contact all my previous customers for follow ups on the products they ordered this week’ these are little goals you can set yourself to help you work towards larger overall goals.

I always have daily, weekly, monthly and overall goals on the go as this helps keep me motivated to know I am working towards something, even if sometimes my goal is just to ask 10 people today would they like to hold a party, every small victory it that step closer to the top!

So today’s plan : Go and set yourself a SMART goal (or 5!) and share them with everyone on the Facebook page – did you know by writing your goals down you are considerable more likely to achieve it? And don’t forget to celebrate those little victories 😉

Here’s some food for thought –

“There was a fascinating study conducted on the 1979 Harvard MBA program where graduate students were asked “have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?”  The result, only 3% had written goals and plans, 13% had goals but they weren’t in writing and 84% had no goals at all. Ten years later, the same group was interviewed again and the result was absolutely mind-blowing.

The 13% of the class who had goals, but did not write them down was earning twice the amount of the 84% who had no goals. The 3% who had written goals were earning, on average, ten times as much as the other 97% of the class combined!”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/85broads/2014/04/08/why-you-should-be-writing-down-your-goals/

See you tomorrow!

Chrissy J xx

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