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Goal Setting Techniques For 2020

Are you ready to smash your goals this year? Let me help you achieve your goals and dreams with these goal setting techniques.

With these 4 goal setting methods, you are sure to find one that suits you. Along with questions to ask when setting your goals, I have included 2 example goals. Each example is shown step-by-step for each method to help you with your own goal setting.

Goal Setting Techniques For 2020
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SMART Goal Setting

SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-based. 

SMART goal setting is one of the most common goal setting techniques. It breaks vague goals down into specific details so you can create a plan of action and know when you’ve achieved it. It’s a popular method for people to achieve their goals. 

For a more in-depth guide to setting SMART goals, read my blog post. And get the free workbook to set your SMART goals here.

To make it easier to set your SMART goals, here are some questions to ask yourself.

  • Specific – Why do I want to …? What do I want to achieve?
  • Measurable – How will I know when I’ve achieved it? What will I see, hear and feel?
  • Achievable – Can I achieve this? Is this too hard now that I’ll be setting myself up for failure? Do I have the time, money or skills to reach it? Or can I make more time, money or develop my skills?
  • Realistic – Does this matter to me? Why? Will this goal really help me achieve what I want?
  • Time-based – When do I want to achieve this by? What can I do in ½ the amount of time?

Example Number 1 – Live In Madrid

Starting Goal: I want to live in Madrid.

  • S: I want to live in Madrid for 2 years.
  • M: I have bought a place in Madrid.
  • A: It’s achievable if I invest time into learning the language, I save money for a deposit and I research where to live.
  • R: I want to achieve this because I’ve always dreamed of living somewhere sunny and I love Spain.
  • T: I will move to Madrid in 18 months.

End goal: I want to live in Madrid for 2 years in a house I have bought within 18 months so that I can experience Spanish culture. Within 9 months, I will have holidayed in Madrid twice.

Example Number 2 – Create And Sell An Ecourse

Starting Goal: I want to create & sell an ecourse.

  • S: I want to create an ecourse worth £497.
  • M: I have created all the content and sold 50 courses.
  • A: I need to learn about creating video content & create the time to learn the skills and create it.
  • R: I want to run course so I can increase my passive income & free up my time to spend with friends and family.
  • T: I will launch in 6 months and in 3 months I’ll have written it.

End goal: I want to create an ecourse worth £497 and sell 50 of them in 6 months so that I can increase my passive income and free up my time to spend with family and friends. Within 3 months, I will have written it.

SMARTER Goal Setting Techniques

SMARTER stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-based, Ethical/Evaluate, Recorded/Readjust.

SMARTER goal setting is one of the more detailed goal setting techniques. This method adds 2 more details to your goal. Readjusting your goal as your priorities change and you learn more will help you achieve what you want rather than working towards a goal that no longer serves you.

Here are some questions to help you set SMARTER goals.

  • Specific – Why do I want to …? What do I want to achieve?
  • Measurable – How will I know when I’ve achieved it? What will I see, hear and feel?
  • Attainable – Can I achieve this? Is this too hard now that I’ll be setting myself up for failure? Do I have the time, money or skills to reach it? Or can I make more time, money or develop my skills?
  • Realistic – Does this matter to me? Why? Will this goal really help me achieve what I want?
  • Time-based – When do I want to achieve this by? What can I do in ½ the amount of time?
  • Ethical/Evaluate – Does it fit your ethics & values?/Check in on your goals daily
  • Recorded/Readjust – Write your goal down/Do you need to readjust your goal?

Example Number 1 – Live In Madrid

Starting Goal: I want to live in Madrid.

  • S: I want to live in Madrid for 2 years.
  • M: I have bought a place in Madrid.
  • A: It’s achievable if I invest time into learning the language, I save money for a deposit and I research where to live.
  • R: I want to achieve this because I’ve always dreamed of living somewhere sunny and I love Spain.
  • T: I will move to Madrid in 18 months.
  • E: It fits in with my values of freedom and travel.
  • R: I want to live in Madrid for 2 years in a house I have bought within 18 months so that I can experience Spanish culture. Within 9 months, I will have holidayed in Madrid twice.

Example Number 2 – Create And Sell An Ecourse

Starting Goal: I want to create & sell an ecourse.

  • S: I want to create an ecourse worth £497.
  • M: I have created all the content and sold 50 courses.
  • A: I need to learn about creating video content & create the time to learn the skills and create it.
  • R: I want to run course so I can increase my passive income & free up my time to spend with friends and family.
  • T: I will launch in 6 months and in 3 months I’ll have written it.
  • E: It fits with my values of spending time with family and friends.
  • R: I want to create an ecourse worth £497 and sell 50 of them in 6 months so that I can increase my passive income and free up my time to spend with family and friends. Within 3 months, I will have written it.
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HARD Goal Setting Technique

HARD stands for Heartfelt, Animated, Required, Difficult.

The HARD goal setting technique is quite different to the SMART goal setting method. Both help you break your goal down into more detail. Whereas SMART is very good at setting a detailed goal, HARD is great for creating an action plan to achieve your goals. This is because of the questions it asks breaks your goal down into action steps for you to take.

  • Heartfelt – What are the 3 reasons you want to achieve this goal?
  • Animated – Where do you want to be in x years/months?
  • Required – What needs to be done in x months, x weeks, x days to achieve this goal?
  • Difficult – What are the 3-5 skills you’ll need to learn and how will you learn them?

Example Number 1 – Live In Madrid

Starting Goal: I want to live in Madrid.

  • H: I want to experience a new culture, live in a sunnier environment and challenge my comfort zone.
  • A: In 18 months, I want to have moved to Madrid. 
  • R: In 9 months I want to have holidayed there twice. Within 3 months I will have researched & booked a holiday. In 1 month I will have created a savings plan. In 1 week, I’ll have researched Spanish language courses and classes. Within 1 day I will have researched Spanish language books.
  • D: I need to learn Spanish through an in-person course and books. I will develop the skill of saving money through reading personal finance books and making a budget. I will research the areas by asking for recommendations from family & friends, staying and visiting different places in Madrid and researching the areas. I will learn more about the culture through books and holidays.

Example Number 2 – Create And Sell An Ecourse

Starting Goal: I want to create & sell an ecourse.

  • H: I want to create passive income, free up my time to spend with family & friends and grow my business.
  • A: In 6 months, I want my ecourse to be launched. 
  • R: In 3 months, I want it to be written. Within 2 months, half my ecourse will be written. And within 1 month, it will be outlined. In 1 weeks time, I will have brainstormed names. By the end of tomorrow, I want to brainstorm topics.
  • D: I need to learn how to create video content via an ecourse I have bought. I need to improve my time management skills through implementing blog posts. I will learn how to write sales page copy through an ecourse on copy writing.
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WOOP stands for Wish, Outcome, Obstacles, Plan.

Of all the goal setting techniques, this is one I haven’t heard much about until recently but I think it’s a fantastic way to plan your goals, especially if setting SMART goals is too detailed. It can be used for both long-term and short-term goal setting although it’s often used for short-term goals. 

The P in WOOP is a great takeaway even if you use a different goal setting method. Planning how to overcome your main obstacle before you started working on your goal will give you a head start when you face the challenge or minimise the size of the obstacle.

  • Wish – What do I wish to do?
  • Outcome – What would my life look like if my wish came true.
  • Obstacles – What is my main obstacle? (e.g. bad habit, emotion, limiting beliefs.)
  • Plan – What can I do to overcome my obstacle? 

Example Number 1 – Live In Madrid

Starting Goal: I want to live in Madrid.

  • W: I wish to move to Madrid in 18 months.
  • O: My life would look like meeting new people and experiencing a new culture.
  • O: My main obstacle is fear of living in a new country.
  • P: I can overcome my fear by going on holiday to different parts of Madrid to become familiar with the area. And I can ask my friends & family if they know anyone who lives in the area that I can get into contact with.

Example Number 2 – Create And Sell An Ecourse

Starting Goal: I want to create & sell an ecourse.

  • W: I wish to launch my course in 6 months.
  • O: My life would look like more free time throughout the week to spend with family & friends.
  • O: My main obstacle is my limiting belief over my ability to create and deliver a fantastic ecourse.
  • P: I can challenge my limiting belief by finding a mentor, working through the belief and reminding myself of my past achievements.
How To Set 2020 Goals
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In Summary

There are different goal setting techniques so if SMART doesn’t work for you, try something different, like SMARTER, HARD or WOOP.

  • SMART
    • Breaks vague goal into a detailed, measurable goal with a time frame.
  • SMARTER
    • Similar to SMART but with the added addition of checking the goal against your values and readjusting your goal as time goes by.
  • HARD
    • Great for breaking your goal down into action steps you can start working on.
  • WOOP
    • Works well for coming up with a plan to tackle any obstacles.

3 Action Steps

  • Choose a goal setting method you would like to try.
  • Work through through the questions for 1 goal you have (If you’re using the SMART method, download the free workbook here)
  • Pin this article to reference for your other goals.

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