Be SMART

Goal, Goal, Goal!!! Dream, Dream, Dream!!!

But how do I do it?

In this post, we aim to go into details on how to set and achieve your goal.



A SMART Goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.


SPECIFIC

Your goal should be clear and specific, otherwise you won't be able to focus your efforts or feel truly motivated to achieve it.

  • What do I want to accomplish?

  • Why is this goal important?

Example

A specific goal could be, "I want to be the MasterChef of Singapore"



MEASURABLE

It's important to have measurable goals, so that you can track your progress and stay motivated. Assessing progress helps you to stay focused, meet your deadlines, and feel the excitement of getting closer to achieving your goal.


Example

You might measure your goal of acquiring the skills to become a MasterChef by determining that you will have completed the necessary culinary training courses and gained the relevant cooking skills within a specific time frame.



ACHIEVABLE

Your goal also needs to be realistic and attainable to be successful. In other words, it should stretch your abilities but still remain possible.


An achievable goal will usually answer questions such as:

  • How can I accomplish this goal?

  • How realistic is the goal, based on other constraints, such as financial and time factors?

Example

You might need to ask yourself whether developing the skills required to become a MasterChef is realistic, based on your existing schedule and commitment. For example, do you have the time to complete the required training effectively? Are the necessary resources available to you? If cooking classes and training is not readily available to you, is there any other way you can still access culinary knowledge through online learning, books, etc.



RELEVANT

This step is about ensuring that your goal matters to you. A relevant goal can answer "yes" to these questions:

  • Does this seem worthwhile?

  • Is this the right time?

  • Does this match my true passion?

Example

You might want to gain the skills to become the MasterChef of Singapore, but is it the right time to undertake the required training? Does this goal help add to your plans for the future?



TIME-BOUND

Every goal needs a target date, so that you have a deadline to focus on and something to work toward. This part of the SMART goal criteria helps to prevent everyday tasks from taking priority over your longer-term goals.


A time-bound goal will usually answer these questions:

  • When?

  • What can I do six months from now?

  • What can I do six weeks from now?

  • What can I do today?

Example

Gaining the skills to become MasterChef may require additional training or experience. E.g. knowledge about food and nutrition, different cooking techniques. How long will it take you to acquire these skills? And how are you going to acquire them? It's important to give yourself a realistic time frame for accomplishing the smaller goals that are necessary to achieving your final objective.

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