Setting And Achieving SMART Goals!

“Setting and Achieving SMART Goals”  is free goal setting coaching session that only my list subscribers were giving access to. Now, I have decided to let my website visitors have access to it as well here and it’s still free of charge. You will be getting 7 lessons addressing different techniques and strategies for goal-setting. Here is an overview of the topics we will be talking about:

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1. SMART Goal Setting,

2. SPECIFIC Goal Setting

3. MEASURABLE Goal Setting

4. ACHIEVABLE Goal Setting

5. REALISTIC Goal Setting

6. TIME-BOUND Goal Setting

7. ACHIEVING Your Goals

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Feel free to comment, ask question, or reply to any of the lesson that we will be posting here. Take care for now!

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Lesson 7: Time-Bound Goals

Hello and welcome to your last free life coaching lesson on SMART goals. I hope that you have enjoyed the ride with us so far! But, this coaching session does not have to end here. You can followup with me by posting comment or question here on this blog. I review and respond to comment on a daily basis.

In this session, we are going to talk about timing your goals. This is very important in goal setting because this is the only way to hold yourself of any other individuals accountable for achieving goals in any setting of life.

Timing, according to me, show how serious you are about your dreams, visions, and goals. Therefore, time management is an important skillset for those who are looking to turn their dreams into goals.

Timing is important  as it helps you to hold yourself accountable and motivates you to do what you are suppose to do, when you are suppose to do it. Also, if you goals include other individuals, team, business partners, co-workers, etc. then you need to establish a set of time for certain goals to be reached.

If you don’t do that then your are in for a bumpy ride with tasks not completed on time, missing deadlines, procrastinations, failures etc. Timing is also good for testing whether your goals are realistic and achievable.

For example, is it realistic to say that I will become a millionnaire in two days when i don’t have even 1 cent today (unless you win the lotto)? Is it achievable to say that i will travel the world in 2 days by walking on foot? I know these examples sounds silly but, hopefully, you got my point!

If you have been following me closely and doing your homework you should have some smart goals already setup and ready to go. Now, all you have to do is take those goals in implement them.

I can only show you the way. Now, it’s your turn to take actions and turn your goals into achievements. Thanks for sticking with during this whole series and feel free to follow me on this blog and start a conversation with me if you have any question.

Also, for those of you who would like me to review your SMART goals worksheet feel free to connect with me here as well. I wish you the best in your endeavors. Take care for now!

Lesson 6: Realistic Goals

Hello and welcome to part 6 of our life coaching lesson! Hopefully, by now, you are getting all your dream turn into goals and by goals we mean smart goals. If not, you should start now because your dreams are worthless unless you turn them into goals. In today series we are going to talk about realistic goals. Keep reading!

Knowing whether your goals are realistic or not can be answered by asking yourself the following questions:

  1. Do i have the financial resource needed in order to accomplish my goal?
  2. Do i have the human resource needed?
  3. Do i have the material resource needed?

We must note that depending on your goals you may not have to answer all three of the above questions but no matter what your goals are you must be able to answer at least one of the above questions.

For example, if we go back to the millionaire goal we don’t need to answer question 1 and 2 but we definitely need to answer question 3. In that case our answer would have to be about the followings: access to a computer, access to the internet, etc.

That’s all for today! As homework, I want you to review the goals that you have been working with since the beginning of these lessons and i want you to review and see if they are realistic.

If you think that they are not then i want you to think about what can you do to make them more realistic.  Feel free to comment or ask question if you need clarification on any of those lessons. Thanks for reading! Until next time!

 

Lesson 5: Achievable Goals

What are achievable Goals? In our previous session, we talked about measurable goals. But wait, now that i remember, you owe me a homework! Let’s talk about how you did in the homework.

First, where you able to setup some specific and measurable goals? What goals, you’re asking? Well, remember the dream i asked you to write down on a piece of paper. You last homework was to try turning those dreams into some specific and measurable goals following what you learned from these series.

What? You did not try! OK, that is fine but let me remind you that practice makes it better! For those of you who tried, congratulations! Now, let’s keep going with our lesson for today.

We were talking about achievable goals. The question one could be asking here is: how do know if my goals are achievable? The answer to this question is simple and the answer is: milestone.

Milestone is what let you know whether your goals are achievable or not. Milestones also help you determine when your goal has been reached. For example, in our previous example, our goal was to become a millionnaire within a certain period of time by doing certain activities, right? Our milestone is “millionnaire” which mean after completing what i’m suppose to be doing during the preset time, I should have millions in the bank.

if that does not happen this should be a sign to review your goals and activities. You might also want to take a look at your timeframe. But, we talk more about this in a different lesson.

That’s all for this lesson. For those of you who did not do the homework, you have to go back to this piece of paper where you wrote your dream and try to turn them into specific, measurable, and achievable goals.

For those of you who did the homework, all you have to do is review what you already did to see of your goals are achievable.

Doing this exercise is really important because at the end of the session i will will offer a free review for those of you who went through these lesssons. I will review your goals and give you some insights if interested. Until next time!

Lesson 4: Measurable Goals

In part 3, we shared with you some insights about how to setup goals that are specific. In this session we will talk about setting up measurable goals. Goals are measurable when they can pass the test of at least one of the following questions:

  1. How many?
  2. How much?
  3. How often?

Do you remember the millionaire example? Let’s review it again:

“I will become a millionaire in 10 years by studying and applying the techniques of real estate investment taught by Robert Kiyosaki on YouTube at least twice a week starting from today”

Does this example meet the measurable test? We are going to review the statement closely to see if we can found out whether the measurable test is met or not.

Is there any part of the statement that could be considered as an answer for the how many and how much test? Well, maybe not in this statement. But wait a minute! How about the how often test? Gotcha! There is a part in our statement that can answer to that test.

Can you see it? If you guess that “a least twice a week” is our answer then you have guessed right because that’s the answer! With that in mind let me remind you that the statements of goal does not have to answer to every single test for it to meet the requirement.

As you can see in this example the “how many” or “how much” test did not apply but we were able to meet the “how often” test. We could say the same thing when it comes to meet the specific test. The statement does not have to be able to answer to all of the questions (who, what, where, why) to meet the test. As long as one requirement is satisfied then you should be good to go.

After establishing that your statement meet the measurable test then it’s time for ACHIEVABLE test. But, guess what! We have to close this session for now! I know, I know! It was a short session. But it not the length that counts but what you are getting from it.

How about some homework to keep you going?  You remember those dreams I told you to write on a piece of paper. Chances are that you are already turn those dreams into some specific goals.

Now, let’s turn them into some measurable goals. If you have already done so and pass the measurable test, then congratulations! If not then keep working on them until you feel satisfied that you have met the measurable test. Thanks for reading! Until next time!

 

Lesson 3: Turning Your Dreams Into Specific Goals

Welcome to part 3 of the free Life Coaching Series! In our previous session we talked about goals and we introduced the notion of SMART goals.

As you already know, when we use the term SMART we are not just referring to how clever your goals are but we referring to an actual model or method of setting goals.

SMART is an acronym that stands for: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. You might be thinking: how do I know if my goals are specific? Good questions! Keep reading!

All specific goals must be able to answer the following questions:

1. Who?

2. What?

3. Where?

4. How?

For example let’s go back to one of the statements of goal from the previous session:

“I will become a millionaire in 10 years by studying and applying the techniques of real estate investment taught by Robert Kiyosaki on YouTube at least twice a week starting from today.”

Can this statement pass the “who” test? Of course yes!

Whose teaching will I be studying? The answer is “Robert Kiyosaki”

What will I be doing? The answer is “studying and applying”

How will I be able to study his technique? The answer is online

Where will I be able to find his teaching online? The answer is on Youtube

Whenever you are setting goals, if you are able to answer those 4 questions correctly than you can conclude that your goals are specific enough. The importance of having specific goals is that it keeps you on track with your achievements.

Specific goals help you determine your action plan and also help you stay on top of them. Having goals that are not specific makes it difficult to even think about an action plan. Therefore, you can never move forward with non-specific goals.

Now that you have an idea on how to establish whether your goals are specific or not, I know that you cannot wait to learn how to know when your goals are measurable. Well, you will but not in this session because we have to close this session for today.

Go ahead now and  practice setting up some specific goals for yourself. Have fun with it and better yet, make sure to establish goals that make sense to you. Until next time!

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Lesson 2: Turning Your Dream Into Goal!

Welcome to lesson part 2 of Setting and Achieving SMART Goals! In part 1 we talked about dreams and you were giving a homework to do. I hope you did your homework because if not you are going to be standing on one foot facing the wall in your bedroom, or office, or wherever you are!

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OK, all right, you got me! I am just kidding! Hopefully, I was able to make you laugh because laughing is good. But, on a serious note, if you did the homework then take your piece of paper and keep it close to you as we are going to talk about goals and how a dream can be turned into smart goal. Are you ready? Then, let’s get started!

Many people confuse dream or vision with goal. Honestly they do have close similarities but they do differ. I going to help you see the difference in simple terms. A goal is meant to be achieved, or become reality. A goal is where you want to go knowing how you are going to get there. A goal is a dream but a dream is not always a goal.

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A dream is where you would like to go or be and that is all there is to it. There is no effort or steps been taken to actually get there or be there. I believe you can already understand where I am going with this. Your dream is not a goal if all you do is dreaming. Even if I encourage you to dream in part 1 of the lesson, but I discourage you to just have dream without goal.

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I want you to take your dream in turn it into a goal. I want to make it clear that when I say goal I don’t just mean any kind of goal but I mean smart goal. Only smart goals goal will take you from point A to B. But, how do you know when your goals are SMART? Let’s take a look at the following statetments:

  1. I will be financially free in the next 5 years by selling affiliate product or service from companies online
  2. I will get a better job in 10 years by going back to school and getting my bachelor’s degree
  3. I will be a good piano player in 2 years by taking piano lesson once a week 5. I will buy a house in the next 10 years by saving X amount of my income every week for the deposit
  4. I will save 1000 USD every month for the next 12 months so that I can buy that 12000 USD Hummer
  5. In 2 years I will speak a foreign language by watching tutorial videos for that language every night
  6. I will lose 100 pounds of weight in 30 days by exercising every day
  7. In 5 years I will have my own barbershop after completing barber school
  8. In 5 years I will have 60000 USD in my bank account by saving a 1000 USD every month.

What do you think the difference is when you read the above statements compared to the statements in part 1 of the lesson? If your response is that they are very specific then you’re right! Now you know the difference between having dreams and having goals. There is one more thing I want you to notice about those statements of goal. There are not just goals but they are smart goals. I’m not using the word SMART just to mean clever but I’m using SMART as an acronym for the followings: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound.

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How do I know if my goals meet all these requirements? Well, I believe this is a question for our next lesson. For now we have to close this session. But just a hint to answer your question: compare those requirements to the above statements and try to see if you can tell how those statements meet the requirements of SMART goals. After you do that try to see if you can turn the dream that you wrote down (referring to the homework) into a SMART goal. Feel free to post a reply or comment about this post. Until next time!

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