Some of us here are Type A personalities – including myself. We thrive on logic, reason, and perhaps even have grown ourselves a set of success complexes that somewhat are the center of our attentions, twenty-four seven. We can make lists, we can set goals, we can complete them. But in doing so, we must question why we do the things we do – lest we continually search for “the answer.” So, what are the parameters for a measurable goal? What makes a goal worth setting in the first place? And how do we measure up to our own levels of success?
For me, success is achieving whatever the task at hand is. I tend not to be controlling; however, I am very persistent in task. If I fail at something, I simply try harder the next time. This is both a positive and negative attribute – perhaps one that you can identify with. Although I do not necessarily agree with the prospect of self-help, I find that it is very possible to (in a humanistic view) goal set at a reasonable level and then achieve said tasks. Self-Improvement-Mentor has posted an article on “Smart goal setting for success!” that I have linked here for your convenience.
Many would like to take the optimistic viewpoint when asking why we set goals for ourselves at all; they would like to believe that humans are always striving for optimum happiness. Goal setting, in itself, provides leeway for us to receive our happiness. Those who take the pessimistic route are also most likely the ones who believe that we will never measure up to our own levels of success. As I have stated in this post, Inspiration to Continue Learning, when we think in that pessimistic viewpoint, we are limiting ourselves in ability and practicality.
Goal-Setting-Guide has offered to the public a way to measure if your goals are, well, worth being goals, to put it simply. This procedure is called SMART Goal setting. I will explain what “SMART” stands for, in detail, below:
S standing for Specific: They claim goals in general should be very straight-forward, to clearly define what we desire to complete or do.
M standing for Measurable: There is emphasis when they say, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.”
A standing for Attainable: A goal must stretch you out as a person, but must not snap you.
R standing for Realistic: Sort of the same as attainable – realism is understanding what is and is not going to snap you.
T standing for Timely: Set a time frame for your goal. Again, be reasonable about that. You don’t want to lose three pounds a week – that’s unrealistic and dangerous if it is done.
To read more about SMART goals, click this link.
Without goals and successes, we become melancholy and ultimately spiraling. There is a reason why goals and successes are good – but you need to follow some sort of guideline. Dreaming big without ambition or drive will not get you anywhere. Be “SMART” about your goals.