Wake Up!From dreams to smart goals
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks within, awakens.
Listen to yourself
Inside of us we can find important questions and answers; what is really fulfilling for us, what are our values. Therefore the unconscious is a personal source no one should ignore. When you found answers you may want to do something with them.
Don’t confuse your dreams with goals
Don’t confuse your dreams with goals. Dreams occupy your mind. Goals take over your reality. Goals are something you are acting on. Dreams are something you are just thinking about. Goals require action. Dreams can happen without lifting a finger, even while you are asleep.
Sometimes in life, for a variety of reasons, people suppress their internal drive.
How about you? What do you do with your dreams? Do you take those who feel important for you and allow them to become smart goals? What will it take to turn your dreams into goals? Here is the answer:
Real goals are S.M.A.R.T.
S.M.A.R.T. goal setting: Specific
Goals must have focus. Dreams don’t. Dreams can be drifting, ever-changing thoughts. Goals must be laser-focused. They must be specific and they must be always on your mind.
What exactly do you want to achieve? The more specific your description, the higher the chance you’ll get exactly that.
Questions you may ask yourself when setting your goals and objectives are:
- What exactly do I want to achieve?
- With whom?
- What are the conditions and limitations?
- Why exactly do I want to reach this goal?
S.M.A.R.T. goal setting: Measurable
Measurable goals mean that you identify exactly what it is you will see, hear and feel when you reach your goal. It means breaking your goal down into measurable elements. You’ll need concrete evidence. Being happier is not evidence.
Measurable goals can go a long way in refining what exactly it is that you want, too. Defining the physical manifestations of your goal or objective makes it clearer, and easier to reach.
S.M.A.R.T. goal setting: Attractive
It is very important to formulate your goals positively, because what you focus on, increases. So when you focus on not doing something, all you think about is that thing. And it will increase. So don’t ‘stop procrastinating’, but ‘achieve a daily discipline’.
Is reaching your goal relevant to you? The main questions, why do you want to reach this goal? What is the objective behind the goal, and will this goal really achieve that?
S.M.A.R.T. goal setting: Realistic
Dreams are free. Goals have a cost. While you can daydream for free, goals don’t come without a price. Time, money, effort and sweat. How will you pay for your goals?
Is your goal attainable? That means investigating whether the goal really is acceptable to you. You weigh the effort, time and other costs your goal will take against the profits and the other obligations and priorities you have in life.
If you don’t have the resources like time, money or talent to reach a certain goal you’ll certainly fail and be miserable.There’s nothing wrong with shooting for the stars.That doesn’t mean that you can’t take something that seems impossible and make it happen by planning smartly and going for it! If you’re lacking certain skills, you can plan training. If you lack certain resources, you can look for ways of getting them.
S.M.A.R.T. goal setting: Timely
Goals have a finish line. Dreams never have to end. Dreams can go on forever. They don’t have to have an ending point. Goals must have a specific outcome.
Deadlines are what makes most people switch to action. So install deadlines, for yourself and your team, and go after them. Keep the timeline realistic and flexible, that way you can keep morale high. Being too stringent on the timely aspect of your goal setting can have the perverse effect of making the learning path of achieving your goals and objectives into a hellish race against time – which is most likely not how you want to achieve anything. Too much pressure doesn’t lead to better results. Better: Milestones usually have a positive effect.