You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again – goal setting is fundamental to success. You have to set goals before you know how or when to begin. Research has proved that there is a direct link between goal setting and improved business, finance management, and even weight loss. These goals help you to visualize what the steps to success are and how long it should take you to get there.
To help you get started, we will be using the SMART goal method to create a goal setting worksheet. If you’re interested in a step-by-step guide to Goal Setting 101, master the art of setting and reaching goals here.
First off, what are SMART goals?
Specific: A goal that zeros in to a specific objective.
Measurable: There is a way to quantify the progress toward your goal.
Attainable: This goal is achievable by yourself and doesn’t depend on anyone else.
Relevant: This goal reflects the values of your life.
Time: This is the amount of time it will take to achieve your goal.
SMART goal setting not only helps to define your goal, it helps you to focus on each individual step so that you can drive forward without the immensity of staring at the end goal without a roadmap.
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Now let’s get started with your personal SMART goal worksheet!
Goal achievement date:
Write down your goal in 1-2 sentences:
(Important: Make sure that your goal is SMART before you proceed to the timeline)
What will you accomplish with your goal? (Specific)
How will you measure the progress of your goal? Will you have people holding you accountable to your progress? (Measurable)
Is your goal attainable and do you have the time and resources to achieve it? (Attainable)
How and why is this goal important to you? (Relevant)
When will your goal be complete? (Time)
After you’ve completed the SMART exercise, you can create your action plan to form the individual steps needed to reach your goal. A standard action plan contains three major parts: the task list with completion dates, possible obstacles, and a support network to hold you accountable. For help on goal sticking, read How to Go Beyond Goal Setting.
Your task list should comprise of at least three parts: the specific task, the expected completion date, and the actual completion date.
Possible obstacles: Think about all the obstacles that may stand in the way of you achieving your goal so you also plan your solutions. List the obstacle and how you will address it.
Support network: When working on your goal, even if you’re trying to be self-sufficient, it’s important to have a friend or family member there to support and listen to your progress. Indicate the person or people that you feel can hold you accountable for your progress on your worksheet. Be sure to share your successes with your network throughout your journey!
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Sample SMART goal setting worksheet
Today’s date: February 13, 2013
Goal achievement date: August 23, 2014
Write down your goal in 1-2 sentences: To successfully complete a movie script through multiple drafts to present to an agent by August 2014.
What will you accomplish with your goal? The completion of a full-scale action movie script.
How will you measure the progress of your goal? Will you have people holding you accountable to your progress? I will have deadlines for each scene, each complete draft, and revisions. I have friends in the industry who are willing to review the script and contact their agents for me when ready.
Is your goal attainable and do you have the time and resources to achieve it? Yes, I believe it is attainable because I have set aside three hours a day and five hours on weekends to dedicate to the script. I also have a college professor and a friend who’s in the movie industry willing to read the script when it’s complete.
How and why is this goal important to you? I have been wanting to write a complete script since high school but never had the discipline to do it. This is my chance to test my writing skills and complete a script to present to an agent.
When will your goal be complete? August 23, 2014
Complete first twelve scenes by December 12, 2013
Complete last twelve scenes by March 16, 2014
Initial draft revision by professor on April 2, 2014
Second draft review by scriptwriter friend on June 17, 2014
Create final third draft from feedback by August 2, 2014
Present to agent on August 23, 2014
Possible obstacles: Burning out after the first few months, lack of discipline, writer’s block, not meeting deadlines in action plan. Solutions: Progress check-ins with parents, monthly briefings with professor, go on “inspiration” runs and hikes to jog my creativity, and set a strict schedule that I can’t deviate from for writing.
Support network: My parents, my professor, and my scriptwriter friend who has had experience in the industry.
After creating your goal setting worksheet, try signing it with one or two witnesses. This may seem unnecessary or extreme, but having a signed document will give your worksheet more gravity and hopefully motivate you more. This will also give you an extra level of accountability to your supporters. Good luck on your goal setting journey and may you complete all your steps to success!