Welcome to Addiction2Success Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals workspace where we learn to not just have goals but create achievable ones
Working hard is one part of success, but it is essential to work SMART if you ever want to get anywhere. It is vital to have a way of tracking your progress to improve your skills. Measure each year from point A to point B on the results you want to achieve. You can't just sit around and hope things will get better.
The best way to manage your time and get more done is to start setting SMART goals. You want to know what you want and how you are going to get it. Having SMART goals helps clarify your ideas, help you be more productive, and put your time and resources to better use. You can be productive and finally increase your chances of success. That is why we will learn to set smart goals and use them to achieve the lifestyle you always wanted.
What are S.M.A.R.T Goals? Let's do an overview
The acronym SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely (for the most part). Fell free to use this as a guide when creating a plan for your goals to get results. It helps you customize your ideal to make sense of what you are going to do. All you need to do is make sure that you have a clear goal that you can reach with actions. You can even go as far as to evaluate and review your goals as time progress.
Your attitude is everything if you want to go above and beyond to succeed in life. Each part of your goal needs to be visible to understand what and why you are doing it. Visuals are essential to look over what you want and have a realistic view of your timeline. You may plan in your head 'I will be able to save $30,000 in 6 months', but are not tracking what your saving every month can be an issue. If you have a savings chart to update monthly, you will know how much you have and how much more you need to achieve your savings goals. Having the idea is a great start, but create that visual to track that idea. It takes you out of that fantasy world and into the real world where you have to meet deadlines.
S.M.A.R.T. goal setting gives you criteria to guide your goals. Going over each area serves as a guide to managing your time and performance to develop new skills. Making sure they are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant is a great start. So let's look over these criteria by answering some questions.
Making your goal clean and specific is the key to your success. It allows you to focus your efforts where it's needed the most and keep you motivated. Start with a draft that can answer a few questions like:
What exactly am I looking to accomplish with my goal?
Why is this goal important to me and the people in my life?
Who is all involved to ensure this goal is accomplished?
Where am I working on my goal (home, office, other location)?
Which resources or limits I have to gain or overcome?
If you are currently working a regular 9 to 5 J.O.B. and are looking to launch a YouTube channel to replace your regular job. A specific goal could be " I want to learn how to edit videos and create captivating thumbnail pictures with Adobe Premiere Pro to gain the knowledge to grow on YouTube, so I can go on to build a career to support my lifestyle"
A goal that cant be measure leaves you open to either slack off or never actually achieve that goal. You can take years to do what should have to take you only a few weeks or months. So you need to track your goals every step of the way to see your progress. You can evaluate your growth to see how much progress has been made. You stay focus and get excited every time a piece of the puzzle fits!
As you are getting closer to achieving your goal answer these question
How much time have I invested in my goal?
How many more weeks/months will it take to see progress?
How do I measure up from my last month's report?
How will I know when I have accomplished my goal?
**Quit Tip: Any progress you make towards your goal is progress, never get discouraged. You are closer to your goal today than you were yesterday.
It can take you at least a year to learn even the beginning specks of video editing, sound recording along with learning how to edit pictures. Measure your goals base on specifics and time you will spend watching tutorials and actively practicing. Based on how fast you learn and how much you practice it could be at least a year before you gain all the knowledge you need to launch your channel.
**Quick tip: Learning a new skill like filming, video editing, and picture editing comes with actively practicing. Start by creating videos with what you learn and launch your channel. With anything you do, it takes practice so put what you learn into practice every day.
It is great to have dreams, but you need to match them to reality. If you want to achieve your goals they need to be realistic and attainable to be successful. You will be able to take full advantage of all resources around you and grab all opportunities that come along. Creating an achievable goal allows you to use everyday life tools to take action and see the progress and eventual success.
Any goal that is achievable will answer questions like:
How will I accomplish my goal?
How realistic am I being with the finances that are available to me?
How am I going to get the office space I need to work on my goal?
How am I going to find the time to put into the work that I need to do?
You need to ask yourself some hard questions like are you willing to put in the hours it takes to edit a video. Are you willing to invest your own personal finances into the equipment and programs you need to start learning? Don't forget about your own personal skills and education, will you need additional training from a third party. It all depends on how hard you are willing to push yourself and what you are willing to invest time and money-wise.
*Quit Tip: Paying for a new laptop and the Adobe package was not cheap but was worth every penny I put in it. Not investing in yourself just keeps you in the rat race longer and makes it harder to climb out.
Important Extra Tip:
Never set a goal that other people can control the outcome. Set goals that you control and make decisions on and later measure to achieve. Setting a goal like "I want YouTube advertisement to pay me $500 a month" all depends on if advertisements are placed on your videos. Set a goal like 'I will post 1 video on my channel every week" filming and editing a video then posting it is completely depending on your work and effort and time management.
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How much does your goal matters to you? It would help if you always asked yourself that question every time you set out to accomplish a goal. Your goal needs to align with your values and lifestyle in a way that improves your life overall. No matter the outside resources you use or people involved to help you achieve your goal, you should always have control of the outcome. The best way to do so is always to have a personal interest in your goal and always want to be involved. Stay passionate, and keep moving forward and looking at your goal. Caring about what you achieve makes you more active in your goal and maintaining control of the outcome.
If your goal can answer 'YES' to these question you are on the right track
Is this goal worth my time and money I am investing in it?
Does my goal align with my values to building a future I would want to wake up to every day?
You may want to become self-employed and work for yourself, but have you properly considered the cost and liabilities? Consider your necessary expenses such as rent/mortgage, paying for medical bills, and other living expenses. Have you plan out your expenses and created a budget for your business plan? If you needed to take the year off to study and learn the necessary skills to succeed, can you afford to take the year off?
You need a target date when you want to accomplish your goal; otherwise, you could spend forever working on the same goal. Setting a start and completion date to give you a deadline to meet. A S.M.A.R.T. goal that has a timeline help you prioritize important task to support long term goals.
A goal with a deadline can answer questions like:
When is my deadline to complete my goal?
What actions can I take today to start moving towards my goal?
What can I do each week to keep moving towards my due date?
What can I accomplish in a year if I focus on my goal?
Learning how to use Adobe software, editing videos, and creating captivating pictures do take time. It would help if you planned out when you are going to learn these skills to figure out a time frame to master your skills. Is there a special offer for creators and discounts to help with the cost of materials and lessons? Be realistic about how long this training could take to give yourself the time to learn and create something worthwhile. Remember, baby steps are a great place to start and then learn to walk in line with your goals, and then you can run to the finish line.
What to Take Away From working with SMART GOALS
Having SMART goals is an effective tool that can drive you to succeed in anything that you do. It creates a clear plan for you to focus on and keeps you motivated to achieve it. You just need to discipline yourself to take action every day to accomplish your goal. You don't need a special project or need to be in a special position. You can use SMART goals to plan a birthday party or to start a new business, you just need to know what you want.
Always make sure to focus on the SMART goal to no lose sight of the original idea. Always set up your plan in a way that makes sense to you and your lifestyle. You can always go and revise your plan and come back and start from a different angle. SMART goals are only effective if they help you achieve what you set out to do. Not everyone works the same or come with the same set of tools. You need to find what works for you and start building.
Be aware of distractions coming between you and your goals, it only takes one mistake to get off track. If you are more of a free spirit give yourself a little more freedom to work. If you need a more direct and strict schedule make sure to plan out each part of your day accordingly. To get a better idea of how you work try our 'SMART Goal Setting Worksheet' to start planning.
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