Why SMART Goals
Why SMART Goals? Because achieving a goal is hard. Too often people set themselves up to fail by seeking to do something that’s far too daunting a task. They mean to do what they want to do but they fail to give themselves the proper means to obtain their goal. It’s this sort of plan that has good intentions but is poorly executed that leaves people trapped in a rut. It feels like it’s hopeless for them to be able to escape the situation they are in. They believe that they’ll never be able to overcome their bad habits and get themselves on a better path changing habits to good, and a better lifestyle.
This is why SMART Goals are such a good idea for a person looking to improve their life. SMART is the basis for being able to hold yourself accountable while giving yourself a goal that’s important to yourself and will make you feel better when you’ve done it. SMART stands Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. SMART is an excellent way for you to set goals and to have the means by which to achieve them. The SMART system is a solid one for a people struggling to break bad habits to find a way out of the rut they are in.
SMART Goals are on Target
Specific is stating your goal to yourself. You should use action words to engage your mind in the practice of preparing for the task ahead of you. “I will lose 20 pounds in six weeks” “I will record a song this month.” “I will write a novel this year.” These statements are all excellent ways to begin the process of achieving your goal by setting up a specific goal for you to work towards. These are secure ways to start your journey towards completing your goal and doing something specific that will feel like an achievement.
Measurable is crucial because you need to be able to see your progress and to have data that shows you how you’re doing at the task at hand. You need to be able to see if the path you’re on is working or not. You should be losing a certain amount of weight a week, or have completed a section of a song in a few days, or have written an outline and some ideas for characters of your novel within a month. Being able to see progress and track your result will help you push forward towards your goals.
Achievable means that the goal is realistic and something that you know you are capable of but you just haven’t given yourself the proper motivation and effort to make it happen. You don’t want to do something that you believe is beyond your abilities. If you’re looking to get in shape and have never weight lifted before it might not be the best plan to set a goal of bench pressing 500 pounds in a couple of months. Knowing you can achieve your goal will push you to accomplish it.
Relevant means that you’re doing something that will really matter to your life. Losing weight to improve your health, getting better at work-related skills to try to eat a promotion. You finally get an article or story published. Doing something that you care about will make the effort doing it all the more worthwhile.
Time-Bound means you have a deadline by which to achieve your goal. Having a deadline is a great way to motivate yourself to finish the project. The deadline is there to help you get the project done. It’s part of the process of overcoming procrastination and getting yourself to do the hard work of completing the task. SMART goals are the solid foundation that allows you to achieve things you’ve always been looking to do for yourself. This is why SMART goals are such an excellent tool for breaking bad habits and establishing good habits to improve your life.
How to Achieve SMART Goals
While the SMART goal system is a good structure for somebody seeking to change a bad habit or to try to do something positive for themselves, it is only that, a structure. While you understand why SMART goals are reasonable goals to strive for you also need to know the fundamental reasons why people don’t manage to achieve the results they are looking for. This is what TOPUCU is all about. Our system is designed to teach you exactly why it is that bad habits are so hard for people to break and what one has to do to be able to retrain yourself out of bad habits and into good habits.
The seven top course that TOPUCU teaches begins with understanding the process of how habits form. You’ll understand what the routines are that behind the trigger that makes your brain crave the reward that your lousy habit gives you. You’ll learn the steps that are needed to work yourself out of the bad habit and how to avoid the triggers that put you on the path of bad behavior and steer you towards building better habits that will allow you to achieve the things you’re striving for. Building good habits is a process, and this first step is an integral part of that process.
The next step in the process is understanding motivation and what drives people to change their lives and truly break their old habits. While having family and friends inspire you, and doctors or bosses tell you that they want you to make changes it’s essential to know that these external motivations are not what make people capable of making lasting changes in their lives. The drive for change must come from within. It is only personal, internal motivation that makes change possible to be sustained over the long haul. Keeping your motivation is vital to improving your life.
Why the Pain
The next step in the process is understanding pain. Pain in the TOPUCU sense is the discomfort one gets from trying to break a bad habit and the hard work you have to undertake to be able to change your habits from bad habits to good habits. There will be a struggle, and you will have to deal with the hard work of improving yourself but the pain of this process is nothing compared to the pain of a life lived without self-improvement. Knowing you are capable of great things but falling short of being able to do them is a pain that never truly goes away. TOPUCU is the motto that the only person you cheat is you and that is the harsh truth of failing to better yourself. You are robbing yourself of the better life you know that you are capable of.
The rest of the course will help you with visualization techniques that will allow you to see your better future and give you an understanding of how you’ll be able to achieve it. The skills you’ll need to understand precisely how much time you have in a day and a week and how to allocate that time to be able to do things to improve your life. SMART goals are a great way to help get yourself on track, and we at TOPUCU can understand why SMART goals are so helpful for people. We hope that using the training and skills we teach the people who take our courses will make achieving SMART goals all the easier. Personal Transformation is within your reach.