Stop Talking about Your Goals Like They're Dreams…Get ‘Em Done Instead
You've probably heard of S.M.A.R.T goals before…and that's because it's a formula that works. Here's an overview:
SPECIFIC – Your goal needs to be spelled out very precisely and you also need to have a reason WHY behind your goal…some benefit or emotional attachment that will keep you focused. For example, a goal might be to list 5 new items per day have 150 active listings in the next 30 days.
Using language that leaves no doubt as to what the goal is, why you want to achieve the goal, and how you will get there is very important. If you are not able to be detailed in your description of the goal, it will be hard to meet it. Take the time to do this part right.
MEASURABLE – This is where the worksheete comes into play. It’s a report card and a method to measure what you want to accomplish and what you actually accomplished. If your goal cannot be quantified, then it’s not a full goal and you won’t know how when you have succeeded. An example of a measurable goal would be “I want average 21 sales per week. I’ll accomplish this by listing 5 new items per day and sharing my closet 3 times per day.”
ACTIONABLE / ACHIEVABLE – There are different things that “A” can stand for, but it’s usually actionable or achievable. In order to achieve anything, you must take action. So, make your goal actionable, where you do something each day that will eventually result in an accomplished goal.
Goals should also be achievable or you will quickly get frustrated. Be accurate about the time it takes to reach a goal, and what actions it takes to get there. Also, know who will be responsible for doing it.
REALISTIC / RELEVANT – “R” can stand for realistic or relevant, and both are important. If you want your goal to succeed, it must be realistic. If you’re currently averaging 5 sales a week and your goal is to increase that 100 sales a week in 30 days, that’s not realistic. However, you may be able to increase your sales to 10 per week. Once you achieve that goal, it’s time to set a new one.
Your goal should also be relevant to your core values. There’s no point in making or achieving goals that have no relevance to your life or business goals.
TIME BOUND / TIMELY / TRACKABLE – Various authors refer to the “T” in the S.M.A.R.T. acronym as time-bound, timely or trackable. All of these t’s are important parts of the goal creating and setting process. If you don’t set a time limit and you can’t track what is happening, you won't know if your goal has been met.
To help you work through and create S.M.A.R.T. goals, download the quick guide and worksheet below.