GoGetter Movement Founder, Trish Hakata, on Setting S.M.A.R.T Goals and How to SMASH Them…

Trish Hakata is a woman of many hats. An entrepreneur, a farmer who is passionate about sustainable agriculture, a wife, an author and a civic leader. As the founder of the GoGetter Movement, a network of young leading women committed to impacting society,celebrating excellence and nurturing generations, she is fearlessly leading the charge for young women. A Global Shaper, Past Area Director for Toastmasters International and a steering committee member for AWLN Zimbabwe, Trish is also the creator and designer of Her Big Dreams Journal, a goal-setting planner for women. With all these achievements and responsibilities, she still finds time for what matters the most, her family and friends. Her advice to all women…”life is what you make it, don’t be afraid to chase your dreams. Take every moment as a growth and learning opportunity” The former Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni and the Leader of the GoGetter Movement talks to us on the importance of setting smart goals and how to achieve them…

Why is it important to set goals?

Setting goals allows us to live a purposeful and fulfilling life. It gives us a clear road map of how to reach our desired ideal in any area of our lives.

What are the guidelines for setting goals?

I know its been said a lot of times but its important for your goals to be S.M.A.R.T and by this I mean Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound. When we set our goals they should be structured in such a way that we are able to implement them and most importantly track our progress and the most effective way to do that is to use the SMART matrix.

How can you set a goal and stick to it?

I personally use the wheel of life because it allows you to start from where you are, taking ‘stock’ of where you are in every area of your life and allowing you to ascertain where you want be. It also assists (as hard as it is) in ensuring one lives a balanced life.

What are the five key factors to consider in efficient goal setting?

In my journal I address 5 questions that I believe one should answer in order for them to effectively plan, achieve and track their goals…….

a.Where are you right now?

For you to clearly map out a way for your ultimate goals you will need to understand your starting point; that way you can be able to figure out what you need to work on and  improve on in order to achieve your goals. You can take personality tests, use strength finder or any other tool that will allow you to understand your abilities as well as your areas of improvement.

b.Where do you want to go?

This question focuses on your vision or your ultimate goal. It seeks to explore your goals and what you want to achieve. It’s the backbone of goal setting.

c.Why do you want to achieve your goals?

This is usually referred to as the Big Why. This will help to motivate you to keep on working on your goals during times when you will feel like giving up. It is important to have a reason or a deep conviction about why you want to achieve your goals and it will become easier to strive for that which you wish to achieve.

d.How do you get there?

With every goal you will need to come up with strategies on how you will be able to achieve them. This process leads to the creation of an action plan that you will refer to when taking a step by step approach to achieving your goals.

e.How do you stay on track?

Its not enough to just set goals and create a plan of action but we should ensure that we also put in place mechanisms that will help us track our goals and see how far we have come. In the ‘Her Big Dreams Journal’ I created a few tracking devices that one can use not only to track progress but also to understand how one can keep on improving.

For those who already had set their goals in the beginning of the year, and things are not going as planned, how can they get back on their feet and stay motivated?

There’s nothing wrong with starting late, actually lets not call it starting late but rather, a head start! I don’t believe in waiting until the beginning of the year to start setting or working on your goals, you can always start at whatever time of the year, even now! Don’t feel like you are lagging behind, everyone has their own pace and this was the motivation behind me creating the “Her Big Dreams Journal”, a planner without set dates and times.

Lastly, with the current pandemic and the lockdowns what are your words of motivation for those that have lost hope?

It’s been such a difficult time with a lot of adapting required from us but I would like for people to remember that its ok to take a step back, breath and relax. It is very important for us to set big goals but it is equally important for us to take care of ourselves and ensure that we do not burn out whilst chasing for our dreams.


By:Chido Kakora


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