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Welcome to Addiction2Success Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals workspace where we learn to not just have goals but create achievable ones 
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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.

 

Specific

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?

Example

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"

Measurable

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.

Example 

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.

Achievable

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?

 

Example

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.

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