Goal setting using RAM (Realistic, Achievable and Measurable).

RAM goal setting technique explains how to break down your goal setting in to three separate components and make them more realistic, achievable and measurable.

 

Realistic

Goals need to have meaning to them rather than wishful wants. A realistic goal / should have an association with your lifestyle and not just a fantasy. For example, the current Honda Civic you own and have had for the last 10 years isn’t big enough to accommodate your growing family. Now with 5 in the family, 5 bicycles or 5 snow boards will just not fit. I need a Ford F150 which will accommodate all our recreational needs and be a good work horse for my construction job. This truck should be one year old which will save on off forecourt devaluation and last me for the next 10 years until at least the kids are grown up.

 

Achievable

Do you have the resources to actually attain the goal you have set. Resources do not have to always mean financial resources as there are an abundant of free resources on and off line available to you. It just takes some thinking about and a bit of creativity. So you want to stand out from the rest of the crowd at work and earn more money. First, dress and compose yourself better at work. Use your better clothes for work instead of saving them for best. You can buy new ones when you get your pay rise. Learn better communication (listening, speaking, body language etc.). All of this information can be learnt for free on the internet. Before you know it, you’ll certainly get noticed and eventually perhaps approached for career progression. This is an example of how this situation is achievable without too much extra effort.

 

Measurable

Success or part success is realized when you have passed some type of milestone. A millstone is an indicator telling you that you have attained a place along your goal journey. Measuring the goal journey can be broken down in to as many elements as you which so you build towards the end goal. For example, you want to get fit and lose weight. Depending on your specific ambitions and current fitness levels, devise a fitness plan for 12 weeks and look to lose perhaps 5 pounds each week by working out and eating right. Draw up a 12 week timetable, and tick off each week you have lost each 5 pounds. This allows you to track your progress to losing weight so you can foresee and measure your progress over time.

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