The S.M.A.R.T. strategy for goal setting by Pat E. Perkins
Goal setting is often referred to as the “secret” for most successful people in the world. Well, it can be very challenging to define the goals that inspire you and to hold yourself accountable to what we truly want in life. This is why each year I sit down and write out the goals I desire to achieve in the coming year and then develop an intentional plan of action to fulfill them. This takes something, but it’s completely worth it.
At the end of each quarter, I hold a quarterly goals review and look back over my accomplishments. When I actually see what’s been completed, that which I couldn’t see as even possible just a few months earlier is motivating. There are many methods to use for creating goals. I use the SMART goal method to develop both personal and professional goals and so do many other successful people who want to experience their desires come to fruition. Here’s the detailed method:
#1: Specific – Goal clearly states what is to be accomplished in terms of end result. This may include the Who, What, Where, Why and When.
#2: Measurable – Goal clearly states the level of accomplishment of the end result. You are able to track the progress and measure the outcome.
#3: Attainable – The goal should is ambitious, but achievable. Goals may ask for improvement over past performance and/or are based on facts, analysis, and knowledge.
#4: Relevant & Remarkable – Make sure the goal is consistent with other objectives you have established and fits with your short-term and long-range plans. They should be realistic, yet challenging. In other words, develop a stretch goal that moves your out of your comfort zone.
#5: Time-bound – Results will be accomplished within a certain period of time. Short-term and long-term objectives are differentiated in specific time measures and deadlines and milestones serve as the basis for evaluation of progress for short-term review cycles. Such as every 30, 90 or 180 days.
The bottom-line: Developing goals is a way to take SMART consistent action on a daily basis and help you fulfill on what you truly want in life. Don’t go without them.
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” ~Tony Robbins
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