We’re one week into this new year y’all! How are those next steps going from your Year in Review last week? (Click here if you haven’t done it yet!) I hope they’re going amazing! I’m killing it… MOSTLY. Let’s follow each other on Instagram and hold each other accountable, yes?
Alright in January’s theme of Goals & Accountability we have to go back to the basics. You set out your next steps for the year last week through your Year in Review and your Bossed Up Life Tracker, but I want to take those a step further and make sure they are SMART. I’m sure you’ve heard about SMART goals before, but are you really utilizing this easy system to ensure your goals are set up for success? Pull those babies out from last week and download your free SMART Goal Template here from yours truly! Let’s SMART-ify these together!
Okay, remind me… what are SMART goals again?
SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. So one of my next steps from last week was to set up a clear Facebook Group engagement plan. That is NOT a SMART goal, right? It’s specific enough, but could get more specific. What am I hoping to get out of this next step and how do I measure it? Is it achievable and realistic? Is it relevant to my bigger picture goals? And when am I going to complete this by? So taking all 5 of those things into mind, let’s rewrite that next step.
Instead of “set up a clear Facebook Group engagement plan” we can say, “Develop a Facebook Group engagement plan before the next launch of The Leadership Project that includes at least weekly prompts and posts with The Leadership Project group members. I will measure success through increased likes, comments, and posts within The Leadership Project Facebook group. This goal is relevant to my overall goal of growing supportive leaders through training, coaching and COMMUNITY.”
Way different, right? Now I can go into my calendar and backwards map my action steps for this goal from the next launch of The Leadership Project. And BOOM, my next steps now have action behind them and are no longer just “dreams” or on a never-ending to-do list.
Now take it from the experts
Lucky for us, using SMART goals is scientifically proven to increase the probability of meeting your goals. A study showed that, “76 percent of participants who wrote down their goals, actions and provided weekly progress to a friend successfully achieved their goals. This result is 33 percent higher than those participants with unwritten goals, with a success rate of only 43 percent of goals achieved.” Check out more on that study here.
So What Now?
Fill out your free SMART Goal Template and share at least one of your SMART goals with us in the comments below! Also, that study set us up perfectly for next week’s topic… Accountability Partners! See you next week Leaders!