how to stop failing at your goals.


vWe’ve just reached the first of February
and you’re probably already failing in some of your resolutions or goals for the year.
I’m already failing in my language learning routine and overall in all of my reading goals.
Either due to lack of motivation or some unforeseen event that hindered your progress, failing
at your new year’s resolutions at this time of the year leads to a lot of frustration
and helplessness. But maybe it’s not you – maybe it’s the goal
you set that is at fault. After dealing with some frustration over the past few days with
the fact that I’m reaching the end of January and I’ve accomplished nothing that I was working
towards to, I started investigating a few new ways to set and implement goals and that’s
when I found out about something called the *smart method.* In 1981, George T. Doran, a consultant and
former director of corporate planning for Washington Water Power Company, published
a paper called, “There’s a S.M.A.R.T. Way to Write Management’s Goals and Objectives.”
Smart stands for “specific”, “measurable”, “assignable or attainable”, “realistic or
relevant” and “time-related”. Doran distinguishes goals from objectives
in the sense that goals “represent unique beliefs and philosophies. They are usually
of a form that is continuous and long-term.” Objectives, on the other hand, give “quantitative
support and expressions to those beliefs”. In order to set an objective that you can
actually accomplish, you need to make sure it has these five characteristics. Although
the original coined term applied to business context, it’s easy to adapt the same concept
to more personal ambitions. Grabbing a piece of paper or the smart worksheet
which will be provided down below, you should start by writing a quick description of the
objective you have in mind. This could be something like “lose 5 pounds”, “start meditating”
or “learn a new song”. After that first quick description you should then break it down
into questions. – A specific objective needs to be well defined
and clear. You should ask: – **What** do I want to accomplish? **Why** is
this important? **Who** is involved? **Where** is it located? **Which** resources or limits
are involved? – A measurable objective needs to have specific
criteria that allows you to measure your progress towards that accomplishment. How much? How
many? How will I know when it is accomplished? – Doran’s original article mentions that an
objective must be assignable, that is, it should specify who will do it. This is particularly
relevant for business purposes but most writers started adapting this characteristic to fit
personal goals so for the purpose of this video we will consider that the A stands for
achievable. An achievable objective should be attainable, taking into account your specific
circumstances. – How can I accomplish this ? How realistic
is the objective, based on other constraints, such as financial factors?
– It should be **relevant** in the sense that it should not only be attainable but important
to your long-term goals. – Does this seem worthwhile? Is this the right
time? Does this match our other efforts/needs? Am I the right person to reach this goal?
Is it applicable in my current financial situation? – And finally, in needs to have a clearly
defined timeline, including a starting and finishing date.
– When? What can I do six months from now? What can I do six weeks from now? What can
I do today? I will post down below the link to the original
article by George Doran, as well as other couple of helpful resources in case you want
to start building your new goals today. I believe that going throuhg your current
resolutions list and applying the smart method to your goal setting routine will help you
create a plan that will allow you to make progress towards those roals for the rest
of the year. And if you want to enhance your goal setting
skills and start building a detailed plan for your objectives in 2020, online classes
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27 thoughts on “how to stop failing at your goals.”

  1. Bethania Dagim says:


  2. Love Yourself says:

    Second… haha

  3. Mary Among Stories says:


  4. mirable says:

    Never been this early! This is just the kind of motivation I needed to jumpstart the second month and another “new year” because why can’t a new month be a great time to restart and retry? 🤷‍♀️

  5. Chad Vlog Section! says:

    5th Comment, OMG, your so motivational and I just get into a study mood whenever I see that little YouTube notification pop up. Keep up the good work!

  6. Pramodh Ch says:

    Thank you 💜
    Please make a video on LAGOM lifestyle 💙
    I have read LAGOM book by Niki Brantmark which is quite good ❤️

  7. Ea Soi says:

    Thank you for all

  8. 펭귄 says:

    We wrote a test about this method and have to use it in one subject 😂

  9. Study Augusto says:

    1:40 ângulos tão lindos

  10. James Shaw says:

    I enjoy this process

  11. Admir Barucija says:

    I really needed this motivational video today, thank you so much ❤️

  12. Gia Pendergraph says:

    Thank you for being concise. I love your channel. 💐

  13. Jasmin Kenley says:

    I have never been so unmotivated in my life. I don't know anymore

  14. Siddhee Saraf says:

    I have my German proficiency test in 48 hours. But I’m stuck in a “I’ve read everything, but I’m not nearly done” place. Can anyone relate?
    Haha, wish me luck!

  15. Shalonda West says:

    I love all of your videos! You've helped me alot! Thanks so much!❤

  16. Erik Felix says:

    0:09 Japan I've failed you

  17. incognito incognito says:

    Big problem is I always aim for an a when I fail a subject but for subjects I already get bs in I don’t aim that high, it’s a really dumb way to set my goals🤷‍♀️

  18. Suus-Arido says:

    I need to wait until September to start with school again and don't have a lot of work hours. Now I have so much time and so little motivation 😫

  19. Strawberry Milk says:

    "I'm already failling on my language learning routine."

    Hahhaha same

  20. Anusha San says:

    "how to stop failing"

    Literally, just start studying

  21. Lisseth Guarniz says:

    This is just what I needed. Thank you Mariana.
    On another note. Have you considered making one video in Portuguese?
    Lots of love for you and your channel 😀

  22. Sayed Kindom says:

    10 dollars is much for my country.

  23. W S says:

    Very timely and helpful, thank you Mariana!

  24. aomie pachuau says:

    Watching this new video early morning is a mood buster ✌😀.. please share 2020 bullet journal planning , productivity tips too

  25. Mária S says:

    I know this method from school and it is useful. Great video! 🙂

  26. Antonia & the Universe says:

    Very concise video, but extremely well made. If I focused on anything it would probably be the measuring, there might be many things that going into planning but what goes into the motivation after the initial phase is definitely largely seeing your progress!

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