Style My Soul explores the most effective goal-setting tips.
From utilizing the SMART technique to identifying daily significant wins, these experts provide a wealth of insights to help you set and achieve your goals. Discover their unique perspectives and strategies in the following responses.
Utilize the SMART Technique
One goal-setting tip that worked for me is the SMART technique. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. I found that when I applied this method to my goals, it helped me to focus my efforts and increase my chances of achieving them. For example, instead of setting a vague goal like “I want to get fit,” I set a SMART goal like “I want to run five kilometers in under 30 minutes within the next three months.” This goal was specific (run five kilometers), measurable (in under 30 minutes), achievable (with regular training), relevant (it contributed to my overall fitness), and time-bound (within the next three months). By making my goal SMART, it became much clearer what I needed to do to achieve it. It also made it easier to track my progress and stay motivated. I think the key to successful goal-setting is to make your goals as clear and specific as possible, and the SMART technique is a great tool to help you do that. - Swena Kalra, Lead Writer, Scott & Yanling Media Inc.
Leverage Habit Stacking
An effective goal-setting tip is to engage in “habit stacking,” a concept popularized by James Clear in his book, Atomic Habits. This technique involves pairing a new goal or habit with an existing routine. Since your current routine is already built into your life, adding something new to it can leverage the established pattern and make it more likely that the new habit will stick.
- Kelli Anderson, Career Coach, Resume Seed
Break Goals into Manageable Milestones
One goal-setting tip that has worked remarkably well for me is breaking larger goals into smaller, manageable milestones. By breaking down ambitious objectives into smaller, achievable tasks, it not only makes the overall goal less daunting but also provides a clear roadmap for progress. This approach keeps me motivated and focused, as I can celebrate small victories along the way, which, in turn, boosts my confidence and determination to reach the larger goal. It’s a practical and empowering method that ensures I stay on track and make steady progress towards achieving my business objectives.
- Brent Moeshlin, CEO and Founder, Quality Comix
Set Clear, Measurable Goals
This is pretty basic, but a good goal-setting tip is that a goal must be clear, well-defined, and measurable. I know this is common sense and like rule number one for goal setting, yet people continue to set goals like, “I want to get better at XYZ,” or “I want to get in shape.” Those things are not clear, not well-defined, and not measurable. For example, what does “get in shape” mean? Does that mean you have more endurance with cardio, can run longer, or lose a certain amount of weight? If your goal isn’t clear, well-defined, and measurable, you won’t succeed. - John Frigo, Ecommerce Manager, Best Price Nutrition
Block Time for Goals
Only commit to what you will make time for. I am a big fan of using my work calendar to block off time for both professional and personal goals. A coworker of mine taught me the value of this over 10 years ago — anything that required her time went into the calendar. How did I know that she did this? It was a shared work calendar for our team. At first, we joked around with her as every appointment, every trip to the gym, even trips to shop were noted. But she got things done! So, my laughter turned to admiration. By having your week mapped out on a calendar, you can see how you are using your most valuable resource — time. Eventually, you’ll get better at estimating the time it will take you to complete tasks and earn a sense of pride as you reach your goals. - Dan Ketterick, Growth Manager, FleetNow
Focus on Consistent Actions
One goal-setting approach that has worked for me is to focus less on specific goals and more on consistent actions that lead to desired results. Instead of setting rigid goals, I concentrate on daily or weekly actions that align with my broader objectives. This method keeps me flexible and adaptable, allowing me to adjust my actions as circumstances change, rather than being strictly bound to a fixed goal. This approach has helped me maintain steady progress and adaptability, which is particularly beneficial in dynamic environments. - Nick Sforza, Founder and Digital Marketer, Opvital
Visualize and Work Backwards
You create your reality. Visualize where you want to be first, and then believe you can get there. Work backwards from your end goal by tackling small goals every day with passion. Do your daily tasks with excitement and don’t worry about the end results. Eventually, a day will come when you realize you’ve done it; you’ve achieved your vision.
- Yanling Sidders, Co-Founder, Scott & Yanling Media Inc.
Identify Daily Significant Wins
At the beginning or end of each day, I like to identify and focus on three significant wins that I want to achieve. These goals are often specific, achievable tasks that contribute to my larger business and personal goals. This approach helps me maintain focus, prioritize tasks, and end each day with a sense of accomplishment. When you don’t identify tasks you wish to accomplish, you tend to feel defeated at the end of each day, thinking that maybe you were wasteful with your time and energy. To avoid this, it helps to have goals to achieve and to celebrate any wins, no matter how small. - Kevin D’Arcy, CEO, DocCapture