It all starts when you’re in grade school…

How do you set a goal? Why, using the S.M.A.R.T. method of course!

For those of you who were home sick the million-and-one-times your teacher went over this, S.M.A.R.T. stands for:

Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely

Apparently, this is the ‘best’ way to set a goal.

Whether you’re in school or working on growing your business, S.M.A.R.T. goals will help you get it all figured out.

Well y’know what?

I’m calling bullshit!

S.M.A.R.T. goal setting is actually holding you back from achieving your goals (and that’s kind of the point, right?), so I’m gonna break down the reasons for you so you can regroup and start goal setting like someone who wants to achieve their goals!

#1 Where’s The Hindsight?

Any goal setting rock star knows that effective goal setting starts with looking back!

I religiously set annual goals in my business and my personal life, and at least half of each year’s plans are a reflection on the previous year. I can honestly say that there has not been a single year that I have gone through this review process and not been surprised at what I saw!

Oftentimes we get so inside our business, and how we think we should be doing things, that we miss out on the opportunity to maximize on something that’s already working well for us, and could do even better if we give it the right TLC!

#2 Stop ‘Slow Cooking’ Your Goals!

Sorry folks, this isn’t some ‘set it and forget it’ infomercial deal where you write out what you want and it just sorta happens!

You need to be taking the time to review your goals on a regular basis, and updating them accordingly.

I always set goals for the week and check in daily, but for my major goals that I’ve put a Quarterly or even Yearly timeline on, I check in on the first of every month.

This is a non-negotiable appointment I have with my goal planner, and I make sure that I set aside that time to review where I am in relation to the goals I’ve set, evaluate if I’m on track, and decide if any changes need to be made, or if my direction has shifted a bit in the time that’s passed between reviews.

#3 Stop Cock Blocking Your Genius!

Achievable? Realistic? Why are we setting limits on the goals before we’ve even gotten started?!

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ~ T.S.Eliot

I say kick those letters to the curb (maybe replace them with Hindsight and Review, although I’m aware S.H.M.R.T. doesn’t exactly have the same ring to it!) and start dreaming BIG!

Don’t worry about what you think is ‘achievable’.

Look at some of your biggest accomplishments so far…did you ever think you’d ever get that far beforehand?

Probably not, but you did it anyway!

Throw the limits out the window, and focus on what you WANT to achieve instead.

Next Steps…

Yup, homework!

I want you to take these 3 points and apply them to the goals you’ve set for yourself this week.

Look back at what you accomplished last week, set specific goals for yourself this week, and check in daily to keep yourself on track and adjust as needed.

Supporting you in all your online badassery,

Jules

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