Setting Goals the PSMART Way
We all have set goals before, but for those who haven’t I’m posting this as a guide as I’ve seen a lot of people setting their goals in such a way that makes it really difficult to reach them.
When I started writing my goals with the following criteria I started achieving them one after the other, two or three in a week sometimes. Applied, this stuff works, will save you a lot of time and will help you get that goal smashing ball rolling. So if you would like to supercharge your goal setting and the results you get from them then read on and apply the steps.
Step 1 – Get a Pen a Notepad & Write Your Top Ten Goals – There’s something about putting pen to paper that gives the manifestation process more power. It gives you a real sense of ownership that you don’t get with typing things out.
Step 2 – Read This Entire Article. Read over the article until you have a good grasp of the concepts contained therein.
Step 3 – Rewrite Your Top Ten Goals making sure they fit the below criteria
Step 4 – Print Each Goal Out onto business card sized pieces of paper, laminate them and carry them around with EVERYWHERE you go. and Look at them regularly! But that’s only if you REALLY want see results. – THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP
Let’s take a look at the PSMART formula then shall we.
P = Present (tense)
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Realistic
T = Timely
With all the best intentions in the world people tend to – without ever realizing it – place goals JUST out of their reach by writing them down as if they’ve not come about yet. Writing goals in the PRESENT that makes them seem more real and actualized in your subconscious mind.
For instance take the goal “Find a job by the end of the month that pays me what I deserve” – it seems pretty good. It’s reasonably specific, it’s timely, it’s measurable, and realistic. There are however a couple of things immediately noticeable which will ruin the chances of getting the desired result. The goal states “Find a job.” The real end goal is probably more likely to be to HAVE a job. That one simple little change is the first I’d make (Because you may just get what you ask for and “find” a job – or many jobs, you may not land any of them.) Then I’d go one step further and state the goal in the Present, and get even more specific with it.
“I Have (or I am working in*) a job, in my specific field, working with people that inspire me and make me feel good, that pays me more than enough to easily live the lifestyle I choose whilst having excess to save/invest.”
Now every time you read that goal, you have no choice but to visualize yourself in that position you’re seeking.
Too many times I see people setting goals that are so vague and powerless. The likelihood of a goal being achieved is greatly increased when it is straightforward and emphasizes what you WANT to happen, as opposed to what you don’t want to happen. Specifics help us to focus our efforts and clearly define what we are going to do. Specific is the What, Why, and How of the PSMART model. Going from vague to specific you’ll notice your goals are so much more powerful.
How to get specific?
WHAT are you going to do? Use action words such as direct, organize, coordinate, lead, develop, plan, build etc.
WHY is this important to do at this time? What do you want to ultimately accomplish? What value are you looking to meet?
HOW are you going to do it? (By… x,y,z) this is the DOING part
Ensure the goals you set are very specific, clear and easy to understand. Instead of setting a goal to “lose weight” or “move out of home” set a specific goal to lose 2cm off your waistline or Be living in a well lit, 2 bedroom apartment with en-suite, fresh appliances, new kitchen within walking distance of uni/work with the most amazing, fun, easy going flatmate/s ever.. Use the power of your subconscious to attract PRECISELY what you’re after.
If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. In the broadest sense, the whole goal statement is a measure for the project. If the goal is accomplished, then it is a success. However, there are usually several short-term or small measurements that can be built into the goal. Make sure you choose a goal with measurable progress, so you can see the change occur. Ask yourself how you will know when you’ve reached your goal? Be specific! “I want to read three books of 300 pages on my own before my birthday this year” shows the specific target to be measured. “Become a better reader” is not measurable.
Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on and give you the energy for the continued effort required to reach your goals.
Even though we’ve all been taught to THINK BIG! – And there being immeasurable merit in doing so – When you have a goal that is outside of your current reality, that is, you can’t even begin to imagine what it would look like, this ends up stifling your progress and can actually lead to depression and procrastination. You subconscious works against you without you even realising it.
Goals which are too far out of your reach, you won’t commit to doing. Although you may start with the best intentions, the knowledge that it’s too much for you will mean your subconscious mind will keep reminding you of this fact and will stop you from ever giving it your best shot.
When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.
A goal needs to stretch you slightly so you feel you can do it and it will need a real commitment from you. For instance, if you aim to lose 20lbs in one week, we all know that isn’t achievable (healthily at least.) But setting a goal to lose 1 Kg and when you’ve achieved that, aiming to lose a further kilo, will keep it achievable for you. The feeling of success which these incremental successes brings gives you the motivation to keep working towards it.
A good rule of thumb to make sure your goal is attainable is to make sure you can VISUALIZE it. If you can see it with your mind’s eye in high quality color, motion, sound, and can see, smell, touch and taste that image/movie in your mind’s eye then it most likely attainable. If it’s foggy, distant, grey, still, or hard to imagine it’s most likely out of your current reality so you may need to aim a little closer past your edge.
This is not a synonym for “easy.” Realistic, in this case, means “do-able.” It means that the learning curve is not a vertical slope; and that the skills needed for you to do the work involved are available. A realistic project may push the skills and knowledge of the people working on it but it shouldn’t break them.
Devise a plan or a way of reaching your target which makes the goal realistic. The goal needs to be realistic for you and where you’re at right now. A goal of “Flying an aeroplane and being a professional pilot” May not be realistic when you have no flying experience, or haven’t had any training what so ever.
It may be more realistic to set a goal of flying a 100 hours this quarter. Then once you have hit 100 hours you can then choose to work towards another 100 hours to eventually having enough hours to become a pilot.
Be sure to set goals that you can attain with some effort! Too difficult and you set the stage for failure, but too easy sends the message that you aren’t very capable. Set the bar high enough for a satisfying achievement!
Set a timeframe for the goal: for next week, in three months, end of year. Putting an end point on your goal gives you a clear target to work towards. If you don’t set a time, the commitment is too vague. It tends not to happen because you feel you can start at any time. Without a time limit, there’s no urgency to start taking action NOW. The timeframe must be measurable, attainable and realistic.
“A goal without a deadline is just a dream” – A dream with a deadline, however, that’s a goal. And is what real life dreams are made of.
Looking at that deadline each and every time you look at your goals will give you the extra energy and inspiration to begin working on it immediately and give you the sense of urgency required to get into action even when you really don’t feel like it.
There you go, that’s the formula. It works, I’ve seen it happen with hundreds of clients and friends and worked the formula myself. The question now is will you implement it? Everyone will benefit from goals and objectives if they are PSMART.
Now, before I began using this PSMART formula on my goals, I’d hit some goals and have that feeling of success and get some decent results. Which was great, it kept me going and looking to achieve more in life. However once I found out about the SMART format – which is the basis from where I developed the PSMART formula – and began applying the formula to my goals. It literally changed the game for me. Goals began dropping like flies. I had the most productive years of my life, and ever since I’ve shared it with hundreds of my friends and clients, all whom have seen similar results and became absolute goal smashing machines.
May you enjoy great success in your endeavour to create your perfect life. and that you reach more and more of your goals as a result of applying the formula. If you have any questions regarding the formula or would like to share your success stories with me. I would love to hear from you.
– Zulu Flow Zion