How to Set Attainable Goals and Achieve Success

If there's anything you want to accomplish in life, setting attainable goals is the key to getting there.  As much fun as setting goals can be, it's something that should be taken very serious if you're determined to make them happen and get the results you want.  

You may have heard that goals are a dream with a deadline, but it's so much more than that. And if you're in pursuit of your purpose and fulfilling it, then you've got to make your goals attainable so you can serve your purpose, achieve success, and make an impact in life. 

It doesn't matter how big your dreams are, if you want to bring them to life, then to attain your goals you have to make them...

Doable

Simple

and SMART.

How to set attainable goals and achieve success

Attainable goals are SMART.  Here is the breakdown of the SMART method to setting attainable goals and achieving success.

S- Specific

Decide exactly what it is you want to do, where you want to go, or what you want to be.  Don't sell yourself short here or doubt your ability.  

     Not Specific -  I want to be an author

     Specific - Write a 30-day Devotional Book

M- Measurable

In order to track your goals, you have to be able to measure your progress.  This will keep you on track and help you stay motivated. 

     Not Measurable - Write more often

     Measurable - Write a journal prompt three times a week

A- Actionable

Your action plan will determine exactly how you will reach that specific goal.      

     Not Actionable - Become a better writer

     Actionable -  Write 500 words once a week

R- Realistic

This is where you have to give your goals a 'gut check.'  You want to challenge yourself to go a bit beyond your comfort zone so that you can reach the goal, but be careful not to bring on unnecessary frustration. Take your available time, capacity, capability, and other commitments into consideration when setting your goal.

    Not Realistic - Write a book in one day

    Realistic - Write one chapter a day

T- Time Bound

Every goal needs a date.  Set a deadline for your goal that you know you will be able to meet. Remember the task expands with time, so don't overshoot the amount of time needed to get it done.  You more than likely can accomplish in less time if you commit to the deadline and remain consistent. 

     Not Time Bound - Write a book

     Time Bound - Write a book in one year.

In the beginning, setting goals can really get your momentum going and motivate you start working on your tasks each day, but it's important to stay on track and not lose focus as time progresses.  

Review Your Progress Weekly

Review your big goals and weekly to-do's each to evaluate how you did, what you did, and did it work. You want to ask yourself these questions because sometimes goals need tweaking.  As you get closer to reaching your goal, you learn things along the way.  Take what you've learned and see how you can become more efficient or work smarter toward reaching your goals. 

Has the SMART method helped you accomplish any goals lately? Which step in the SMART method do you find to be the most challenging? Tell me in the comments below.