Here's mine -- and I am meeting it.
It's not my only goal; it's just the goal I am willing to share with the world here on the Destiny Architecture blog. The idea behind the name of this blog is that each of us is the architect of our own destiny. We create our future. The choices we make create our reality. The actions we take create that destiny. No one else does it for us. There's no one to blame when we fail and only ourselves who did the hard work to succeed. It is up to us to create our lives -- whether mediocre or awesome. We are the architects.
When I make my goals, I make them SMART.
First, my goal is specific
"I will write 30 blog posts in June," is about as specific as it gets for me. For you, maybe you can break it down even more with something like, "I will lose one-two pounds a week in June by doing cardio four times a week as well as three weight training days. I will run one 5K race. I will have a meal replacement shake at lunch time and a 20-minute walk around the neighborhood each weekday at work."
That is pretty specific. What you don't want to do is say, "This summer I will lose weight." Or worse, "I just want to lose weight." That's a want -- not a goal.
Second, the goal must be measurable.
My goal is very measurable -- 30 blog posts in 30 days. I specifically didn't state that I will write a blog a day because I know myself. I know I won't do that! To say that is my goal will only lead to disappointment. I can get ahead on this goal. I can get behind and catch up as I am already doing on the third day of the month.
Ideally, I want to create a habit in which I am writing a daily blog about life coaching so I can help you. I think so many people could benefit from transformational life coaching! I believe I can help so many people!
With my schedule, that won't always be possible. Which leads me to #3...
A goal must be achievable!
I can write 30 blog posts in 30 days. I can actually write more than that. While I know I can't always do a blog a day, I can hit a monthly quota. I didn't say I had to write 30 long and in-depth blogs. But I won't allow myself to write three lines and post a cool graphic either. I know I can achieve this. When I do, I can come up with a bigger goal. Next month, I can create a stretch goal for this blog. It will be something that may not have seemed achievable during the last week of May. But once I achieve 30 blogs in 30 days, I'm sure I can come up with a stretch goal that seems much more possible. I just don't know what it is yet!
SMART goals are always realistic
Is it realistic for me to say I will create 30 long-form interviews with experts for my blog in 30 days? No. That's a ton of work. While possible, it's a time suck. If my blog were my full-time job, that would be realistic. Because such a task would take me at least 20 hours a week minimum. I don't have that kind of time. We all have the same 24 hours each day. But we all have different demands on our time. I may have a few hours a day to work on my life coaching business. But a stay-at-home mom may have only 30 minutes a day to work on her business.
Finally, SMART goals are time-based
How long do you give yourself to achieve the goal? How much time can you dedicate to it? I am dedicating myself to 30 blogs in 30 days. I could write two blogs a day for the next week then take a week off. Or I could slack all month and write all 30 in one day... Which would still achieve the goal. (I wouldn't do either of those things, but you get the idea).
In the first example, we see someone who wants to lose one-two pounds a week. That is a normal and healthy rate of weight loss, requiring a calorie deficit of 1,500-3,000 calories a week. The example also shows how the person would create that deficit with a meal replacement shake and exercise.
A goal that doesn't work in a realistic time frame is, "I will raise my credit score by 200 points in a month." The world doesn't work that way. The time frame must be realistic. It must be something you can commit to taking into account the time you have available in your schedule.