Effective Goal Setting For 2021!
As a brand new year rolls in, setting a goal to be a better new you isn’t an uncommon sentiment for most people. We can say it’s an overrated idea to pull off every new year because more often than not, we fall short in achieving such a goal before many of us even get started.
A study conducted by US News & World Report in 2015 reported that 80% of people fail to achieve their new year’s resolution, with the majority losing their resolve as early as mid-February.
Perhaps the reason why most of us mortals end up getting stuck in a rut rather than relentlessly pursuing our new-year-new-me goal is that we don’t really know how to effectively set our goals.
If this rings true to you, perhaps this 2021, it’s high time to properly set those goals and carve a clearer path on how you can achieve it realistically.
SMART-er way to set your goals
What is a SMART goal? It’s a result-focused way of crafting your goals using these five principles that compose the acronym: Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound.
In the late 19th century, an America Philosopher named Elbert Hubbard came to a realization that most people fail in their endeavors. He analyzed this collective setback further and found that the lack of ability to organize efforts around goals as the cause. It wasn’t until November in 1981 that a consultant and former Director of Corporate Planning for Washington Water Power Company published a book called “There’s a S.M.A.R.T. Way to Write Management’s Goals and Objectives” which applied Hubbard’s observations into actionable solutions, using the acronym that many professionals nowadays glean from when crafting a goal – the SMART goals.
Execution is the key, and this goal-setting style will make that easier to do! If you’re dead serious about your goals, write them down and keep your goals SMART! Here’s how!
How to be specific and measurable with your goals
Your goal should be specific, down to the last centavos(if it’s about money) or kilo (if it’s your weight). By doing so, you’ll have a clear cut definition of what your finish line will look like and probably partition your goals into different milestones to easily keep you motivated.
A specific goal is something that you can easily measure or quantify. So if you’re planning to save money – state by how much! If it’s weight – what’s the exact weight that you want to hit?
Stating actual specifics of your goal is easy, but it can set things in motion and get the wheels rolling before you even know it!
|Instead of saying..||Say this instead|
|Save a big amount of money||Save PHP100,000|
|Lose weight||Lose 5 kilos|
|Grow my business||Increase revenue by PHP100,000|
Save PHP100,000 this year!
If you want to achieve something that’s humanly possible for you to do so, coming up with a goal that you can easily gauge will instantly boost your chances of doing so. With that being said, use specific quantifiers that you can count or measure, this will make progress easier to track to see how much you’ve progressed and how much isleft need to work on.
When crafting a goal that’s measurable, ask yourself these questions:
- By how much?
- By how long?
- Up to what extent?
|Instead of saying..||Say this instead|
|Lose more weight||Lose 5 lbs|
|This year||12 months|
- Length of time – days, weeks, months, or year
- Amount – pesos, dollars, kilos, pounds
How to be attainable or achievable and realistic with your goals
These two elements go hand-in-hand. The biggest factor why most people fail even before they begin is because they set goals that are not humanly possible to achieve. They set themselves up to fail by deliberately aiming for something that they know deep down they couldn’t do.
Earn PHP1,000,000 in one year? How can you do that if you can barely set aside half of that with your annual salary? Perhaps your goal should be creating more streams of income rather than money. The key here is to start off with a conservative estimate of what you’re trying to achieve. Instead of PHP1,000,000 or even PHP100,000 a year, try PHP10,000 in 3 months, or even PHP3,000 a month. No matter how small they are, what’s more important is that you can realistically achieve them. It’s a win – a win is a win, no matter how small. It will eventually accrue into a bigger amount with patience and persistence.
Of course, you must set a timeframe for your goals so that you’ll know when to stop and when to hustle harder. But also, take into account the other 4 principles when setting yourself up for a deadline.
Your timeframe or deadline should be, first and foremost, realistic! If your goal is to have X amount this year, ask yourself how long do you think you need to accrue this amount realistically? Honesty is the best policy as they say, for this case, it will set you up for a more objective self-reassessment.
Goal planning is the best time to underestimate your mortal capacity because you are only setting yourself up for failure if you overestimate your capacity. With a good amount of pragmatism and honesty to yourself, you can setup a deadline that will work with your pace.
Divide your deadline or timeframe into shorter milestones. Not only will this give you a clearer trail of how far you’ve come, but this can also boost your motivation!
Main goal: Have PHP30,000 savings in 12 months
Short term goals: Save at least PHP7,500 every quarter
A brand new year doesn’t have to be about building a new set of habits. Perhaps you’re already putting them into action but just not as efficiently as you hoped. Maybe you just need to reevaluate them and perhaps come up with a more solid plan of action to achieve them this year.
If this resonates well with you, here’s a SMART-er example of a common New Year money goal!
|Main goal||PHP30,000 by the end of 2021|
|Plan of action||Cut down the budget for Grab by PHP1,000 per month
Reduce the eating out budget by PHP500 per month.
Set aside PHP1,000 from the monthly salary
|PHP7,500 by the end of March|
|PHP15,000 by the end of June|
|PHP22,500 by the end of August|
|PHP30,000 by the end of December 2021!|
The same format can be applied to any of your goals, keeping it SMART is the key to keeping your goals easier to attain. Applying this goal-setting strategy can simplify how you set your grand plan in motion. While this may lay the groundwork for you to have a clearer path towards your goal, your consistency and dedication will still be the ultimate determining factor of how much you will achieve.
After reading this, have you thought of a realistic goal that you can achieve this 2021? Share your thoughts in the comments section!