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A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by infonubia(m): 7:17pm On Sep 24, 2013
In my post about increasing your productivity, I talked about setting clear goals and writing them down. On that point, I mentioned making sure that the goals are SMART but did not go into details about the acronym.

SMART stands for:
Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Realistic
Timely

As we examine each of these attributes, I encourage you to get a pen and paper to write down the goals you want to achieve. Evaluate each goal and make changes as needed to ensure that your goals are SMART.

Specific
A specific goal is distinct, straightforward, and clearly defines what you want to accomplish. It should not contain any ambiguous language. To ensure that your goal is clearly defined, address the following "W" questions:
Who: Identify who is involved? Is this a personal goal or a goal that involves others? An example of a goal that involve others is a manager setting a goal for the team.
What: Define what to accomplish. What are you going to do? Use action words like develop, build, organize, learn, etc.
Where: Identify the location(s) if this applies to the defined goal.
When: Set a time frame for the goal to be accomplished.
Which: Identify the requirements for the goal. It is also important to identify and understand the constraints.
Why: This is really important! Understand the specific reason, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal. Having a compelling WHY helps you to focus your effort and motivates you to attain the goal.

Ensure that your goals are specific and clearly defined. An example of a specific goal will be "I want to go back to school to get a Bachelor degree in Computer Science." It's not just "I want to go back to school." It's stating exactly what type of degree you want to obtain.

Measurable
A measurement provides feedback and lets you know when the goal is achieved. It is important to establish concrete criteria for measuring your progress as you work towards achieving the goals that you set.

To determine if your goal is measurable, asks questions like - How much? How many? How will I know when the goal is achieved?

It is easier to stay on track when you measure your progress. It's like managing a project - if you can't measure your progress, you can't manage your project.

Measuring your progress helps a lot when you have smaller, short-term goals that leads to a long-term goal. As you reach your target date on the short-terms goals, you experience a sense of excitement that stimulates you to intensify your efforts at achieving your goals.

Attainable
After your goals are identified, you begin to figure out how to accomplish them. In the process, you develop new attitude, abilities, skills and financial capability required to reach your goals. You begin to pay closer attention to previously overlooked opportunities that brings you closer to achieving your goals.

Almost any goal is attainable when you plan wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to reach that goal. However, if your goals are too far out, there is a high probability that you won't commit to doing it when you know that it's too much for you.

Work on developing yourself, and with time you just might have gathered enough resources to achieve those seemingly insurmountable goals.

Realistic
Realistic goals are challenging yet attainable within the given time frame. The goal needs to be realistic for you and where you are at the moment. A goal of losing 50 pounds in one month may be unrealistic for someone who has never exercised and enjoys carbohydrates.

Set goals that you can attain with some effort. When the goal is too difficult to attain, you might be setting yourself up to fail. On the other hand, setting a goal that doesn't require too much effort to achieve exerts low motivational force. It sends the message that you are not capable.

Make your goals high enough that you feel some sense of satisfaction after achieving such goals. In the example given earlier, someone who wants to go back to school to get a degree in Computer Science will put in a lot of hours to study, do homework, and write codes. After getting the degree, such a person experiences the exhilaration of achievement.

Timely
Set an aggressive, yet realistic time frame for the goal. Putting an end point to your goal creates a sense of urgency and gives you a target to work towards.

For me personally, when I don't set time to accomplish a goal, my commitment is vague. I tend to procrastinate because I feel like I can start at any time. Without a time limit, there is no urgency to take action immediately.

Be sure to allocate an appropriate time frame to your goal. The time must be attainable and realistic.

My challenge to you

Everyone can benefit from goals that are SMART. Setting SMART goals gives you a sense of purpose.

My challenge to you is to set a goal and accomplish it! No excuses.

http://www.infonubia.com/2013/05/are-your-goals-smart-proven-way-to.html

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Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by Nobody: 4:56pm On Sep 25, 2013
Okay oo....so has it made ASUU to call off d strike?....#WinkZ

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Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by seedord247(m): 4:58pm On Sep 25, 2013
Person wey go get money go get money forget all this Incantation above. tongue

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Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by papindinho(m): 4:58pm On Sep 25, 2013
Nice one @op
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by Donkarizma: 5:00pm On Sep 25, 2013
Nice write up
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by fatanmiyinka(f): 5:01pm On Sep 25, 2013
;Dgud compilation.....but hard to practise cry tongue
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by Lilimax(f): 5:02pm On Sep 25, 2013
seedord247: Person wey go get money go get money forget all this Incantation above. tongue
As in theory is quite different from real application. smiley
But those points when followed strictly can benefit one immensely.
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by wellmax(m): 5:02pm On Sep 25, 2013
Nice write up.
Knew about S.M.A.R.T goals before, but I like this exposition.
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by Nobody: 5:03pm On Sep 25, 2013
phayvorr: Okay oo....so has it made ASUU to call off d strike?....#WinkZ

Is ASUU the only relevant thing in Nigeria that it must be discussed on every thread? even when the thread doesn't relate to Nigeria Education?, my friend before i open my eyes oya Vamus.

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Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by Ajibel(m): 5:03pm On Sep 25, 2013
You can't say these are "proven" steps instead they are "proposed" steps

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Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by CooldudeY2J: 5:05pm On Sep 25, 2013
Ehmm.......... Idleness got me thinking, what if we kidnapp ASUU chairman & demand that the strike be called off before he would be released. I think that would solve d problem. I'm loosing my mind
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by fatanmiyinka(f): 5:05pm On Sep 25, 2013
phayvorr: Okay oo....so has it made ASUU to call off d strike?....#WinkZ


beta get a thing doing to care for d time if u are still a student.............dis cul be a time to start actualizing ur dreams
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by Nobody: 5:07pm On Sep 25, 2013
It's all theory! In real life non of those tips work. If life is gonna mess you up, then she will.

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Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by importexpert(m): 5:08pm On Sep 25, 2013
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Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by MrMac10(m): 5:10pm On Sep 25, 2013
Be yourself and dont allow people hold you back
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by Mattex001(m): 5:16pm On Sep 25, 2013
eddiebruk:

Is ASUU the only relevant thing in Nigeria that it must be discussed on every thread? even when the thread doesn't relate to Nigeria Education?, my friend before i open my eyes oya Vamus.
e be like say u don graduate dats why u dey yan poo... No amt of discussion dey sufficient until dose A hole calls of d strike..on a second thought I think dis strike jst prolong some of d goals I ought to have achieved some mnths back!

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Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by jericco1(m): 5:17pm On Sep 25, 2013
It depends on the location of the Goal post.

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Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by gistextra(m): 5:19pm On Sep 25, 2013
I think with what have been said above teachers are still needed here... and fro the teachers this post is for you..
http://www.gistextra.com/improve-evaluate-effective-teaching/
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by Emilord(m): 5:22pm On Sep 25, 2013
phayvorr: Okay oo....so has it made ASUU to call off d strike?....#WinkZ
bro,have u finally gotten admission?
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by BarryX(m): 5:23pm On Sep 25, 2013
I've to turn my Belly Sacks to Six Packs in Two weeks Max
Achievable ??
Gym here I come !
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by Boyoorisha: 5:39pm On Sep 25, 2013
seedord247: Person wey go get money go get money forget all this Incantation above. tongue
Yes! I am with you 100%. It is good to have a set goal and plans to achieve it, but that doesn't guarantee financial success
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by alienware(m): 5:40pm On Sep 25, 2013
The truest way to achieve your goal is a resolute determination.
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by Nobody: 5:45pm On Sep 25, 2013
Determination and a bit of luck and you'll achieve your goals

In naija, if you no know any oga at the top, sorry for you. You're OYO(on your own)
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by Shalome(m): 5:45pm On Sep 25, 2013
Biko kwanu,what is the website of yellow fever?
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by agrovick(m): 5:48pm On Sep 25, 2013
Story yi ti fe ma long, ma shey bayi nw
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by Dannylux: 5:50pm On Sep 25, 2013
Proven indeed
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by nicetboy(m): 5:58pm On Sep 25, 2013
Cooldude Y2J: Ehmm.......... Idleness got me thinking, what if we kidnapp ASUU chairman & demand that the strike be called off before he would be released. I think that would solve d problem. I'm loosing my mind
You're on point
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by Codedrock(m): 6:03pm On Sep 25, 2013
phayvorr: Okay oo....so has it made ASUU to call off d strike?....#WinkZ
I.DIOT!
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by tunnex190(m): 6:06pm On Sep 25, 2013
It is very educative @ op. Nice one
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by infonubia(m): 6:10pm On Sep 25, 2013
tunnex190: It is very educative @ op. Nice one

Thanks! I'm encouraged by the positive feedback.
Re: A Proven Way To Achieve Your Goals by talk2D: 6:16pm On Sep 25, 2013
Thx

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