Setting Goals the PSMART Way
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Setting Goals the PSMART Way
We all have set goals before, but for those who haven’t I’m posting this as a guide as I’ve seen a lot of people setting their goals in such a way that makes it really difficult to reach them.
When I started writing my goals with the following criteria I started achieving them one after the other, two or three in a week sometimes. Applied, this stuff works, will save you a lot of time and will help you get that goal smashing ball rolling. So if you would like to supercharge your goal setting and the results you get from them then read on and apply the steps.
Step 1 – Get a Pen a Notepad & Write Your Top Ten Goals – There’s something about putting pen to paper that gives the manifestation process more power. It gives you a real sense of ownership that you don’t get with typing things out.
Step 2 – Read This Entire Article. Read over the article until you have a good grasp of the concepts contained therein.
Step 3 – Rewrite Your Top Ten Goals making sure they fit the below criteria
Step 4 – Print Each Goal Out onto business card sized pieces of paper, laminate them and carry them around with EVERYWHERE you go. and Look at them regularly! But that’s only if you REALLY want see results. – THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP
Let’s take a look at the PSMART formula then shall we.
P = Present (tense)
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Realistic
T = Timely
With all the best intentions in the world people tend to – without ever realizing it – place goals JUST out of their reach by writing them down as if they’ve not come about yet. Writing goals in the PRESENT that makes them seem more real and actualized in your subconscious mind.
For instance take the goal “Find a job by the end of the month that pays me what I deserve” – it seems pretty good. It’s reasonably specific, it’s timely, it’s measurable, and realistic. There are however a couple of things immediately noticeable which will ruin the chances of getting the desired result. The goal states “Find a job.” The real end goal is probably more likely to be to HAVE a job. That one simple little change is the first I’d make (Because you may just get what you ask for and “find” a job – or many jobs, you may not land any of them.) Then I’d go one step further and state the goal in the Present, and get even more specific with it.
“I Have (or I am working in*) a job, in my specific field, working with people that inspire me and make me feel good, that pays me more than enough to easily live the lifestyle I choose whilst having excess to save/invest.”
Now every time you read that goal, you have no choice but to visualize yourself in that position you’re seeking.
Too many times I see people setting goals that are so vague and powerless. The likelihood of a goal being achieved is greatly increased when it is straightforward and emphasizes what you WANT to happen, as opposed to what you don’t want to happen. Specifics help us to focus our efforts and clearly define what we are going to do. Specific is the What, Why, and How of the PSMART model. Going from vague to specific you’ll notice your goals are so much more powerful.
How to get specific?
WHAT are you going to do? Use action words such as direct, organize, coordinate, lead, develop, plan, build etc.
WHY is this important to do at this time? What do you want to ultimately accomplish? What value are you looking to meet?
HOW are you going to do it? (By… x,y,z) this is the DOING part
Ensure the goals you set are very specific, clear and easy to understand. Instead of setting a goal to “lose weight” or “move out of home” set a specific goal to lose 2cm off your waistline or Be living in a well lit, 2 bedroom apartment with en-suite, fresh appliances, new kitchen within walking distance of uni/work with the most amazing, fun, easy going flatmate/s ever.. Use the power of your subconscious to attract PRECISELY what you’re after.
If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. In the broadest sense, the whole goal statement is a measure for the project. If the goal is accomplished, then it is a success. However, there are usually several short-term or small measurements that can be built into the goal. Make sure you choose a goal with measurable progress, so you can see the change occur. Ask yourself how you will know when you’ve reached your goal? Be specific! “I want to read three books of 300 pages on my own before my birthday this year” shows the specific target to be measured. “Become a better reader” is not measurable.
Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on and give you the energy for the continued effort required to reach your goals.
Even though we’ve all been taught to THINK BIG! – And there being immeasurable merit in doing so – When you have a goal that is outside of your current reality, that is, you can’t even begin to imagine what it would look like, this ends up stifling your progress and can actually lead to depression and procrastination. You subconscious works against you without you even realising it.
Goals which are too far out of your reach, you won’t commit to doing. Although you may start with the best intentions, the knowledge that it’s too much for you will mean your subconscious mind will keep reminding you of this fact and will stop you from ever giving it your best shot.
When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.
A goal needs to stretch you slightly so you feel you can do it and it will need a real commitment from you. For instance, if you aim to lose 20lbs in one week, we all know that isn’t achievable (healthily at least.) But setting a goal to lose 1 Kg and when you’ve achieved that, aiming to lose a further kilo, will keep it achievable for you. The feeling of success which these incremental successes brings gives you the motivation to keep working towards it.
A good rule of thumb to make sure your goal is attainable is to make sure you can VISUALIZE it. If you can see it with your mind’s eye in high quality color, motion, sound, and can see, smell, touch and taste that image/movie in your mind’s eye then it most likely attainable. If it’s foggy, distant, grey, still, or hard to imagine it’s most likely out of your current reality so you may need to aim a little closer past your edge.
This is not a synonym for “easy.” Realistic, in this case, means “do-able.” It means that the learning curve is not a vertical slope; and that the skills needed for you to do the work involved are available. A realistic project may push the skills and knowledge of the people working on it but it shouldn’t break them.
Devise a plan or a way of reaching your target which makes the goal realistic. The goal needs to be realistic for you and where you’re at right now. A goal of “Flying an aeroplane and being a professional pilot” May not be realistic when you have no flying experience, or haven’t had any training what so ever.
It may be more realistic to set a goal of flying a 100 hours this quarter. Then once you have hit 100 hours you can then choose to work towards another 100 hours to eventually having enough hours to become a pilot.
Be sure to set goals that you can attain with some effort! Too difficult and you set the stage for failure, but too easy sends the message that you aren’t very capable. Set the bar high enough for a satisfying achievement!
Set a timeframe for the goal: for next week, in three months, end of year. Putting an end point on your goal gives you a clear target to work towards. If you don’t set a time, the commitment is too vague. It tends not to happen because you feel you can start at any time. Without a time limit, there’s no urgency to start taking action NOW. The timeframe must be measurable, attainable and realistic.
“A goal without a deadline is just a dream” – A dream with a deadline, however, that’s a goal. And is what real life dreams are made of.
Looking at that deadline each and every time you look at your goals will give you the extra energy and inspiration to begin working on it immediately and give you the sense of urgency required to get into action even when you really don’t feel like it.
There you go, that’s the formula. It works, I’ve seen it happen with hundreds of clients and friends and worked the formula myself. The question now is will you implement it? Everyone will benefit from goals and objectives if they are PSMART.
Now, before I began using this PSMART formula on my goals, I’d hit some goals and have that feeling of success and get some decent results. Which was great, it kept me going and looking to achieve more in life. However once I found out about the SMART format – which is the basis from where I developed the PSMART formula – and began applying the formula to my goals. It literally changed the game for me. Goals began dropping like flies. I had the most productive years of my life, and ever since I’ve shared it with hundreds of my friends and clients, all whom have seen similar results and became absolute goal smashing machines.
May you enjoy great success in your endeavour to create your perfect life. and that you reach more and more of your goals as a result of applying the formula. If you have any questions regarding the formula or would like to share your success stories with me. I would love to hear from you.
– Zulu Flow Zion
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The Weekly Review Diary
Put simply, a ‘Weekly Review’ is a block of time you set aside for yourself to take stock of the week just gone, and begin planning for the week ahead. It’s a time to stop all your work/tasks/to-do lists, and take a look at what you’ve actually done with your week, how it’s gone, how you feel about it and where you wish to go in the week ahead.
The specifics will change for each individual, but the concepts remain the same.
Many of the articles I’ve read on Weekly Reviews focus on the planning phase, emphasising how it’s a time to get really clear on where you’re heading in the week ahead. Which is an excellent point, however, the method I’ll be touching on here focuses more on the first half of the equation: ‘The Keeping Stock’phase.
Imagine at the end of the year being able to look back on your year gone and know EXACTLY what you did each week, knowing precisely what the biggest wins you had were, and having a visual and written account of it all to look back on and appreciate.
Keeping a Weekly Review Diary will give you the ability to do just that.
Most of us, when asked ‘what were the highlights for you this year?’ will only be able to recall those things that stand out in memory; a holiday we went on, a promotion we got, one, maybe two big goals we hit – we forget about all the little wins we had each week. Don’t worry it’s human nature to do so.
If you’re like most people, then you find it EVEN EASIER to recall all the negatives that happened to you during the year; the person that did you wrong, how your boss is such an asshole, how you had such and such accident, how you didn’t quite hit your standards in x, y and z.
Nearly all of the techniques and habits I’ve developed, utilized, integrated and encourage are specifically designed to bring about a more optimistic, more appreciative, more grateful and ultimately a more effective attitude and approach to life.
This is no exception.
Everyone who consistently keeps a Weekly Review Diary WILL develop these qualities, reap the benefits of doing so and see more results in their life. It’s impossible not to, you’re brain becomes rewired to that of a WINNER. Which is far more preferable then the alternative (‘*,)
Now, I’ll share with you HOW to do it.
Here’s the basic outline of what my Weekly Review Diary looks like:
What changed for you last week? – Self explanatory. Write down any minor or major shifts you had during the week
What are your top 5 successes from last week? – Can be as big as you want (you won gold medal at the olympic games) or as small as you like (you didn’t pick your nose all week) – ANY win will do, just ensure you include AT LEAST 5. Make sure to include WHY it was such a big win. Write down AT LEAST 5 BENEFITS of each win
What did you most enjoy doing last week? – Self explanatory. What was is it that you most enjoyed. This one can tend to be quite surprising
What could you do better next week to improve upon last week’s efforts? – This section is arguably the most important and is where I focus a lot of my attention for the following week. It turns your attention toward next week and if you’re dedicated to heeding the advice your subconscious mind brings you here you’ll quickly see more results.
What are your top five priorities for next week? *Write down from 1 to 20 how you feel your week was in the following categories*
1) Health (spiritual/mental/physical) – ?/20
2) Wealth (physical/spiritual/mental) – ?/20
3) Goals/Productivity (writing/loose ends/money) – ?/20
4) Relationships (family/social/work) – ?/20
5) Lifestyle (living my values/x factor) – ?/20
= ??/100 – * Include a short note here regarding how you fared in each different area of your life *
Feeling: * Write down your current state of being, how you’re feeling in general. A simple summary of where you’re at*
Nothing overly extravagant or complicated, just a very simple synopsis of my effective Weekly Review Diary.
This is the basic outline which I’ve used for years, and I’d suggest you use something similar. Copy and paste it if you like to get you started, but, as always I encourage you to MAKE IT YOUR OWN over time so that it’s most effective for you. Always remember when customising these systems to SIMPLIFY and STREAMLINE and not complicate and convolute.
Make certain to include and keep in mind the following elements and principles.
– Questions which allow you to focus on the WINS you’ve had in the past week
– Photos and images – Great for reviewing down the track
– An HONEST self-assessment of how your week was. (Don’t blow steam up your own arse, and don’t sell yourself short)
– Be as EMOTIONLESS and OBJECTIVE as possible. Include ONLY FACTS
– A question regarding the future/week ahead – turning your focus to what you’d like to have happen next week
– A PRIORITIES LIST for the week ahead. Helping solidify an action plan in regards to “how you could do better next week?”
Other things to keep in mind:
* Don’t spend too much time on it, just enough that you get a real sense of where you’re at.
* Be honest with yourself, the more honest you are the better – self-deception is the root of all the world’s problems – both on an individual and on a global level.
* Make it habitual – HAVE A TEMPLATE which you simply fill in the blanks (have a year in advance ready to fill out)
* Do it EVERY week – if you miss a week or two, which is bound to happen, quickly get back on the wagon, don’t let weeks turn into months without doing it (hint: having the blank template ready to fill out helps)
* Don’t fall behind – soon as you miss one week it’s so easy to miss another. So simply make this the ONE thing you MUST DO each week. Sunday or Monday works well.
What you can do is simply create a word/text document with your template in it and simply mark the weeks down – whatever day you choose to do it on is up to you, just make sure it’s the same day each week.
Start by having Week 1 – all the way through to week 52, this way all you have to do on your chosen day is open the document and fill in the blanks.
Just like keeping a Daily Success Diary, keeping a Weekly Review Diary actually makes you WANT to lead a successful, interesting and fun filled life, because you know you’ll be writing about it and tracking it at the end of the week. You’ll get this feeling of “I better make today/this week interesting.”
You can quickly tell when you’re resting on your laurels or staying too far inside your comfort zone and playing it safe by looking at your Weekly Reviews and checking in on your biggest wins for the week.
As the year progresses you’ll know whether you’ve been playing at your best level or not, and if not, it’s easy to step it up and tackle those big goals, dig deep to realize those big dreams and really take the actions you know you must take to create a life you’re totally proud to write about at the end of the week.
I’ve found that having the two – both the Daily Success Diary and the Weekly Review Diary – go hand-in-hand. They’re almost inseparable for me, in that to fully remember and fill out my Weekly Review sheet efficiently and accurately, I simply refer to the Success Diary. All I have to do is scan my Success Diary for that week and I can quickly see and assess which were my biggest wins. A lot of times I’ve had some amazing wins on a Monday or a Tuesday which I’ve totally forgotten about by the end of the week. Remember, it’s in our nature to highlight the negatives and forget about our successes, so trying to complete the Weekly Review without the Success Diary is possible. But it’s like you’re shooting in the dark. And is invaluable to keep both and use them in tandem.
Earlier I mentioned: “imagine being able to see yourself at the end of the year, looking back and remembering PRECISELY what your biggest wins were for the year.” By keeping the Weekly Review Diary and Daily Success Diary you’ll not only be able to tell what your wins were, but WHEN they were, down to the EXACT day. (You’ll even have pictures of them so you can fully relive and recognize those moments.)
This for me, has to be one of the best parts of keeping the Weekly Review, the ‘end of year review stage.’ It’s the time when I get to look back and see all the awesome action I’ve taken and feel absolute appreciation for myself and enjoy the gratitude it fills me with for all the amazing opportunities I’ve had over the course of the year. It really does give you a genuine self-esteem boost, fill you with appreciation and keeps you looking to grow ever stronger, and to go on living and creating an ever more amazing life.
A final reminder for anyone looking to start keeping a Weekly Review Diary is to have a really strong focus on the “What can I do better next week?” section. The golden advice that your own subconscious will bring forth is one of the most valuable resources and best guides/mentors you have. Utilize it by really focusing on taking the actions suggested within your answers to this weekly question.
Here’s a quick summary
– A Weekly Review Diary is a weekly recap of your week
– Time set aside specifically for you to take stock of your week (not to DO more work)
– Benefits include more: optimism, gratitude, appreciation, effectiveness and hunger
– Consistent tracking of your wins will create a desire to win more and win bigger
– Don’t overcomplicate it. Keep it simple
– Do it EVERY WEEK for best results
– Include pictures, photos, images
– If you do miss a week or two get back on wagon quickly
– Pre-fill your entire year at the beginning of year with your template (so all you have to do is fill in the blanks)
– Work in tandem with your Daily Success Diary
– Take stock and enjoy the fruits with a ‘Yearly Review’. Feel the gratitude, appreciation and sense you get to make the next year even more amazing than the previous one.
– Remain OBJECTIVE and EMOTIONLESS during the process
– Be HONEST in your assessment. Don’t sell yourself short either
Some actions you can take right now:
– Share your wins from this week/today in the comments.
– Write out your own Weekly Review template
– Set yourself a challenge to keep a Weekly Review Diary for at least 2 months
– Share your Weekly Review Diary with others (send it to me if you like)
Please share any questions, comments and insights below
– Zulu Flow Zion