Setting and Achieving SMART Goals

It’s the middle of the year, and you’re probably reflecting on what you’ve done for the first six months of the year. If you’re having the conversation below in your head, it’s time to look at what’s going on.


So, how are you doing on achieving your goals this year?

What? Did you abandon them in February?

Uhm, so what have you been doing for the last six months?

Oh right! Taking each day as it comes. How is that working for you?

You’re stressed and exhausted? You never have enough hours in your day to get everything done? You’re working late all the time?


Sounds like you’re really busy! If you’re not working on your goals, what are you working on?

Your boss’ goals? And the stuff your team needs to produce? And the organization’s goals? And the things your spouse hand you?… Wow! No wonder you’re exhausted.


Would it be worth it to get control over the goals you’re working on? How would it feel to achieve some of your own goals?

It would feel amazing, you say?

Well, here’s good news. With just a little bit of planning, you can be well on your way to achieving your goals. And this is how it works.


First, you set your goals. Make sure they’re SMART. You don’t know what SMART goals are?

Well, they are goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and tangible – see SMART goals.

Go ahead, write down three goals you want to achieve between now and the end of the year. Yes, you should write them as SMART goals.


It’s hard? Sure, take your time. The more you practice, the better you’ll get at it.

Done? Second, take the one goal that is most pressing for you to achieve. Now plan out the steps you need to take to achieve that goal.

This is taking up valuable time you could be using to get work done, you say? Well, according to Brian Tracey (trainer, speaker, writer) for every minute you spend planning, you save between 10 and 12 minutes in execution. Imagine that! Twelve minutes of planning saves you 120 minutes of doing.


Do you think that’s amazing? Well, go ahead and try it.

And remember, once you’ve planned the steps you’re going to take, you have to actually do it. Yes! Thirdly, you have to act!


Oh, you’re inclined to procrastinate? What do you think you can do to prevent yourself from procrastinating?

You’re going to reward yourself? How? Ahh…you’re going to use some of the time you’re saving to have a game night with your family? That’s a brilliant idea!


How are you? How did it go with your goal this past week?

You’re already half-way done? And you thought it would take you a whole month? Well, that’s just fantastic!

And the family loved the game-night, you say?

And… you already feel successful because you’re on your way to achieving your goal? That’s right! As soon as you start your journey, you’re on the road to success!

So, what do you think should happen next?

Exactly! Set goals, plan, act, achieve… REPEAT!


Contact LMI Chicago to find out how we can help you achieve your goals.

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