The SMART thing about goals

The only guy I have to beat is the guy I was last week.


By now, you have a vision, 5 year goals in 3 areas of your life (Not yet, stress not. you can read more about that here).

Even the most ambitious of goals can be achieved by strategic planning and tiny improvements. The most exciting part of achieving goals is to set them and to plan a smaller steps to reach them. Now these goals have to be SMART for us to be able to plan them.

What is a SMART goal you ask?

SMART goals stand for

Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely.

For example, a goal cant be to ‘lose weight’. it needs to be rephrased to be ‘I will lose 10 lbs by 31st December 2019.’ which means it is quite specific, measurable in lbs, achievable, relevant to your health goals, and has a deadline.

Your goal can be super audacious but it needs to be SMART. This will help you see your progress as you work towards it. Once you have a SMART goal, all that’s left to do is work a little bit towards it everyday. This idea of tiny gains just blew my mind –

The power of tiny gains
This graph by James Clear is so amazing. It is life-changing!

We have our mindset adjusted to work a little towards your goals every day. Now we plan. Planning is nothing but breaking down your biggest goals into small bite-sized steps, and organizing them into your days. When we do small little things everyday that make up something big. So by the end of the year you are so much closer to your goal than you were before you started.

The next post is going to be all about tactical planning methods to achieve our most audacious goals.


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