Test your goal‘s IQ
How many results does your goal have? A smart goal always has only one. That is why the goal "I want to learn to draw" is dumb. It can have a bunch of results:
- take a course in watercolor sketching;
- draw 10 sketches which you can’t be ashamed of;
- post a selection of your sketches in an artists group in Instagram;
- sell your painting at Christie’s auction;
- win a young artist grant.
More and more goals can be listed here. At the same time, each of them is specific (simple and sensible) enough to be called smart.
Is your goal realistic and attainable? If the goal sounds like, "Run a marathon next month", and you know you are hardly able to run 10 km, so the goal is not really realistic. A smart goal takes into consideration all the limitations:
- available time;
- physical condition;
- knowledge and experience;
- investments, etc.
A smart goal does not hope you to win $ 12 million, envision something like the periodic table in a dream, or be bitten by a spider and become a super hero.
So you should either increase the training period, or reduce the distance.
Description to the screen: A goal that works for your achievement is to pass the IELTS exam and go to work abroad.