S.M.A.R.T Goals – What Are Yours??

S.M.A.R.T Goals – What Are Yours??

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S.M.A.R.T Goals

New year – new goals. Life is geared towards setting and achieving goals and what better time to set them than the beginning of a fresh new year! Goals are part of every aspect of life: how you conduct your relationships, what you want to achieve at work, the way you use your spare time… Everything comes down to priorities, and what you would ultimately like to accomplish.

If you do not set any goals, you become swept up in a series of happenings.. some good – some bad – but all out of your control, you become the plaything of coincidence.

S.M.A.R.T Goals

You may or may not have heard of S.M.A.R.T goals, the acronym SMART has several slightly different variations, which can be used to provide a more comprehensive definition of goal setting:

S – specific, significant, stretching

M – measurable, meaningful, motivational

A – agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented

R – realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented

T – time-based, time-bound, timely, tangible, trackable

S.M.A.R.T. goal setting… lets break it down further….

S stands for Specific
What exactly do you want to achieve? The more specific your description, the bigger the chance you’ll get exactly that. S.M.A.R.T. goal setting clarifies the difference between ‘I want to be a millionaire’ and ‘I want to make $50.000 a month for the next ten years by creating a new software product’.

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? What are possible alternative ways of achieving the same?

M stands for Measurable
Measurable goals means 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; not smoking anymore because you adhere to a healthy lifestyle, is.

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.

A stands for Attainable
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 time, money or talent to reach a certain goal you’ll certainly fail and be miserable. That doesn’t mean that you can’t take something that seems impossible and make it happen by planning smartly and going for it!

There’s nothing wrong with shooting for the stars; if you aim to make your department twice as efficient this year as it was last year with no extra labour involved, how bad is it when you only reach 1,8 times? Not too bad…

R stands for Relevant
Is reaching your goal relevant to you? Do you actually want to run a multinational, be famous, have three children and a busy job? You decide for yourself whether you have the personality for it, or your team has the bandwidth.

If you’re lacking certain skills, you can plan trainings. If you lack certain resources, you can look for ways of getting them. 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?

You could think that having a bigger team will make it perform better, but will it really?

T stands for Timely
Time is money! Make a tentative plan of everything you do. Everybody knows that 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.

S.M.A.R.T Goals

To quote renowned American philosopher and writer Elbert Hubbard……… “Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage, but simply because they have never organised their energies around a goal.”

If you haven’t already, start setting your SMART goals TODAY! Download our free template Setting Smarter Goals in 7 Easy Steps

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Welcome 2017 – Lets get visual!!

Welcome 2017 – Lets get visual!!

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It’s that time of year where we all start to re evaluate our lives, goals and dreams. The time of year when we start to set our goals and what better way to do that than create (or update) your vision board. Start to achieve your dreams through visualisation.

Whether you believe it or not visualisation works. Athletes have been doing this for years to improve physical performance. Studies have shown that the brain patterns activated when a weight lifter actually lifts weights are similarly activated when the weight lifter just visualised lifting the weights.

Millions of every day people visualise their goals on a vision board.

A vision board is an instrument used to help us clarify and focus on our life goals – whether it’s personal, business or both. You literally display your goals by finding images or text in magazines or any print media, cut them out and display them on a decorative board where you will see it frequently throughout the day.

Dan’s Vision Board                                                     Kate’s Vision Board

his vision-board-4      Her Vision-Board

An example of 2 very different vision boards…


The idea behind a vision board is that when you are constantly reminded of your goals and what you want to achieve that your life will change to align with those desires. A vision board is the most effective visualisation tools and mind exercises available to you. It serves as your image of your future, a clear representation of where your life is headed. Everyone’s board will be different.

Our minds respond highly to visual stimulation and by displaying your goals via images you will reinforce and arouse your emotions thus creating the energy that activates the law of attraction. When you are confronted with your goals and dreams on a regular basis you essentially do visualization exercises every time you glance at your vision board.

So you have your goals and dreams defined? Then it’s time to create a vision board.

Some people like to sit in a quiet space with soft music and let themselves be open and relaxed, others like to create their visions with friends or family and crank their favourite inspirational tunes. Whatever works for you! Same with how you present your board it’s completely up to you!

Word vision         picutes only vision board         Dans visionboard         Pin vision board

Words only                                        Pictures only                             Words & Pictures                     Ribbons & Pins

Find pictures and or words that symbolise experiences, achievements and possessions that you want in your life, get them from magazines, internet images or photos – and it doesn’t have to be only images – you may want to add a feather, a ticket stub or an invitation – anything that speaks to you in a positive way. You may also want to include a picture of yourself, a picture where you look happy and energised.

You can create a vision board to represent goals and dreams in all aspects of your life or you may choose to focus on one specific area. You may want to create more than one board as you want to  avoid creating a messy or chaotic board as dissorder will be distracting and harder to focus on. Maybe one for your personal goals and another for your career goals?

Once your vision board is complete (leave space to add to your goals if you like) hang it in a place where you will see it often. Take a picture of it and have it as a screen saver on your computer and phone to make sure you see it as often as possible. When you look at your board you might like to read any quotes aloud and feel inspired, see yourself living in that house and feel yourself in that future you have custom designed – believe it’s already yours!

Don’t forget to be grateful for the good things already present in your life and acknowledge any positive changes and goals that you achieve.

Here is Bee’s vision board for 2017….

And well Chris’s…. his is still a work in progress…….

Need some inspiration? Check out these images.. Vision Boards

Here’s to smashing your goals in 2017!!