Lesson 4

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The Importance Of Setting Goals

Across the majority of this course, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of setting goals – for a good reason.

In the words of Tony Robbins, “Progress equals happiness.” We need to feel like we’re working toward a goal to feel fulfilled in life. In short, setting yourself goals helps keep you focused and keeps you motivated.

However – there’s a caveat here that you need to be aware of.

The fact is, most people’s goals fail because they’re too vague.

Goals like “I want to be rich,” “I want to be fit,” or “I want a great job” are so vague that it’s nearly impossible to tell if you are making clear progress towards achieving them.

SMART Goals

Fear not, gents. There is a solution – SMART Goals.

Think of SMART Goals as a roadmap to achieving your goal. Setting SMART goals helps you clarify your ideas, focus your efforts and use your time and resources productively.

To make sure your goal is clear and reachable, it should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound – SMART).

Let’s go back to the fitness example.

“I want to be able to run a long-distance” is a good goal but it’s pretty vague.

To make this clear and reachable, it should be:

  • Specific (clear and specific)
  • Measurable (so that you can track your progress and stay motivated)
  • Achievable (for example, do you have the time to complete the required training effectively?)
  • Relevant (does the goal matter to you?)
  • Time-bound (every goal needs a target date so that you have a deadline to focus on and something to work toward)

An Example Of A Smart Goal

Taking the running example, let’s make it SMART:

“My goal is to run 26.21 miles (a marathon) without stopping, by 31st December 2022.” [Specific, Time-Bound]

“I want to do this because I want to increase my personal fitness and reduce my body fat by 20%.” [Relevant]

“I will do this by committing to 3 runs weekly before work, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I will rest on Tuesday, Thursday and at the weekend. I will get up at 06:00 AM, which gives me 2 hours to run before I leave for work at 08:00 AM. I will keep track of the distance of each run in my spreadsheet.” [Measurable, Achievable]

Once you break a vague goal down into its component parts, it suddenly looks a lot more realistic and achievable.


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