I’m not a big one for New Year’s Resolutions, but ask me to write down my goals and I’m all over it. Many people struggle with goal setting-either setting goals that are too vague or too aggressive. Often when the goal isn’t met or the actual goal isn’t understood, a person becomes discouraged and gives up. In setting my goals, I’ve found the best strategy for me is using the SMART Goal Setting Method. SMART is an acronym standing for Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Action Oriented, Realistic/Relevant, and Time Bound/Trackable. How do you use the SMART Goal Method? Here’s an example of one of my goals for 2014.
When setting a goal, first make the goal Specific:
- I want to have more followers on my Facebook page.
Next, make the goal Measurable. How will the goal be measured and how will you know it was obtained?
- I’ll have 1000 followers on my Facebook page.
The goal must be Attainable. What Actions will be required to achieve it?
Is my goal a challenge yet still able to be achieved?
- Yes, it’s attainable.
What Actions will be required for me to achieve it?
- Network through various social websites.
- Join new blogging groups.
- Pimp my blog where I can.
- Participate in Facebook Page Hops.
Goals must be Realistic and Relevant.
Are my goals realistic considering the sources I have? Am I committed to achieving my goals?
- Yes, internet time is all I need. Yes, I’m committed.
Is my goal relevant to the Big Picture? Will reaching this goal help me create the life I want to live?
- Increasing my numbers will give me more blogging opportunities and future monetizing opportunities.
Goals need to be Time Bound.
Is my goal trackable?
- Yes. It has a specific number.
When will my goal be reached?
- I’m setting the goal date at May 1, 2014.
Finally, re-state your goal using all the above criteria:
- I will reach 1000 followers on my Facebook page by May 1, 2014 by joining new blog groups, participating in various Facebook fanpage hops, and committing to 30 minutes a day for strictly promoting my blog and fan page through various networking channels.
And just for you, I put together this basic template using my pathetic design skillz to help you create your own SMART Goals for 2014. You are free to use this template as you wish. Best of luck with your goal setting for 2014. Would you like join our link-up to help yourself be accountable for your goals, please grab a button! We will be doing a link-up on Thursday January 2, 2014 and then the last Friday of every month.