Goal Setting

Goal Setting

 

Are you one of those many people who set goals but never achieves them? Do you know why? It’s becouse your goals need to be SMART

SMART stands for:

  • S – Specific – the target must say exactly what needs to be learnt or done “ I will apply for jobs” is not specific “ I will apply for 3 administration jobs” is specific
  • M – Measurable- It must say exactly how this can be measured – you must be able to tell when the goal has been achieved
  • A – Achievable – The target must not be too hard or too large, remember: it better to have several small targets leading to a larger goal. Although they should not be too easy!
  • R – Realistic – It must be possible to get access to any training, books or support needed to meet the target. It must take into account other areas of your life
  • T – Timed – There should be a set time limit for achieving the target. You need to know when to look to see if your Goal has been met.

Example SMART Action Plan 

Below you will find SMART Goals for a client of mine who would like to become a Careers Advisor

What steps I need to take to gain my goal

 

By when

To gain an NVQ in Information Advice & Guidance as most employers need you to have this qualification. June 2010
Send 3 speculative letters and CVs gaining addresses from the yellow pages as there is a 40% success rate in doing this 1/12/09
To research on council website who has won the new “Next Step” contract as this will be the employer who will be recruiting 5/9/09
To apply for 5 advertised jobs each week as this will give me a greater chance to gain employment Ongoing

 

You can even break this down further by splitting each action into 3 more achievable SMART actions. The more specific actions that you have, the more detailed your action plan becomes and the quicker you can start achieving your set goals. As you keeping meeting your goals the more you move forward and this will help to keep you motivated.

By ____2010____ I will

    • Have completed my NVQ in IAG

By gaining this goal I will be able to

    • Have the skills and techniques to be a successful careers advisor

 

    • Have the qualification employers are looking for

 

    • Prove to myself that I am capable to work as a careers advisor

 

 

What steps I need to take to gain goal

 

By when

To look at 3 colleges/training providers and pick the one to apply for 25/8/09
To have my laptop repaired so I can complete the course assignments 1/9/2009
To buy 2 reference books for the IAG course 1/9/2009
To set myself 3 hrs a week to commit to completing assignments 15/9/09

 

Fill out the below Action Plan, even if you know what you need to do and are already self motivated. Writing down what you will gain from your goal will subconsciously help you achieve it.

Only write positive action points, never use “I will try to..” use “I will achieve…”

When you write your SMART actions give reasons why you are doing this, again this will help reinforce your subconscious mind and keep you more focused and motivated

By ___________ I will

By gaining this goal I will be able to

 

 

 

What steps I need to take to gain my goal

 

By when

 
 
 
 

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