January 8, 2020

How To Set Goals

Given that George Lucas created entire universes in his head and managed to make some of the most successful films of all time, I think he knows about setting realistic goals.

Dreaming big is great, but to make things happen you need to break down those big dreams into small, achievable chunks.

The key part ofsetting realistic goals is to set SMART goals. Some of you will know this, some won’t but it’s a quick and simple way to make sure you are setting yourself up for success.

Here’s the five steps you need to follow:

  1. S​pecific: Keep your goals as specific as possible. Write down what you will do, when you will do it and for how long. Saying I will exercise more is a non-specific goal. Saying I will go to pilates on Sunday morning at 9am is specific.
  2. Meaningful: Why does this goal matter to you? How does it align with your values
  3. Achievable: Make sure it is so easy to start with that you can’t fail
  4. Realistic: Given pressures on time, money and health is this something you can realistically do?
  5. Time-bound: Be clear about when you will do it. What  day? What time? And write it down in your diary or in your calendar!
I bet Princess Leia had SMART goals. May the force be with you!