As university students were almost always trying to stay on track and ahead of the game. This week was Ryerson’s Entrepreneurship week and I was lucky enough to get enough time to attend a couple of these events. I learned about everything from setting goals to keeping motivated. So this week I decided to share with you my version of the S.M.A.R.T goal setting system.
Specific: Goals should be specifically written! Write down your who, what, where, when, and how. This is a great first step in setting out exactly what you want to achieve, how you’ll go about it, who you’ll keep in contact with, where you’ll start, and when you’ll meet specific deadlines.
Measurable: Your goals should be measureable so that you can have evidence and see how far your progress has gone. I set a 3 month measurable target, and every three months evaluate what I have done towards my goal, and what I can improve throughout the next three months.
Achievable: You goals should be something you can achieve, but should also stretch you into feeling challenged. Remember: ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TO CAN BE ACHIEVED.
Realistic: Realistic is anything that you can set your mind to. Don’t allow anyone or anything tell you that you can’t achieve even your wildest dreams. This is probably my favourite step because it really all depends on how far you’ll let your mind go. In fact, I think everyone should set unrealistic expectations, reach for the stars and strive to be/do the absolute best they can be/do! Find ways to overcome what others say isn’t possible and work towards what YOU want.
Timely: A goal should be set around a time frame BUT don’t prolong or overextend it. Knowing you have 30 weeks to reach your goal when it can be done in 4 is a waste of time and encourages laziness. If you want it done, do it yourself, do it as best you can, and do NOT slack!
I hope I was able to motivate most of you to do your best and never give up 🙂 because if you do want something bad enough and put your all into it you’ll be able to do it! Success starts from failure. In fact, most of the world’s famous entrepreneurs have had many more failures than successes during the start.
I’ll leave you guys with my favourite quote:
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
― Thomas A. Edison