HELP WITH SETTING GOALS
Those people that have been initiated in the best ways of setting goals know that in order to have a successful outcome you have to be SMART. When setting goals qualify them using the S.M.A.R.T. criteria. This method commonly associated with Peter Drucker's management by objectives concept. I have adapted the model to individual coaching.
Specific - target a specific area for improvement.
Measurable - quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
Attainable - achievable but challenging to reach.
Related – Related to all your dreams and ambitions.
Time-frame - specify when the result(s) can be achieved.
S = SPECIFIC
Goals have to be laser specific in what you want as an ideal outcome. Having clarity will paint a vivid picture in your mind’s eye so you can visualize achieving it. Being specific about the goal will also give you the ability to detail out how you will get it.
QUALIFY YOUR GOALS BY ANSWERING THESE QUESTIONS
1. Will setting this goal conflict with any other goals?
2. What specifically will setting the goal accomplish?
3. How will achieving the goal change your life?
4. How will achieving the goal affect others around you?
5. What are the consequences for achieving the goal?
M = MEASURABLE
In order to for goal to be a SMART goal it needs to be measurable. There must be solid criteria that can be used to measure the progress in succeeding in the goal. Having smaller incremental measurements about your progress will give you the inspiration in getting to the finish line, it will also give you indicators if you need to modify the incremental goals in order to achieve the main goal
Ask yourself these questions if the goal is measurable
1. How will I know when I accomplish it?
2. How much?
3. How many?
A = ATTAINABLE
There is a fine line in declaring a lofty goal that is attainable and one that is impossible to hit. Careful consideration and working with Eric Miller your Leadership Coach will ensure that the goal will be a stretch to hit but still attainable.
For a goal to be attainable, it must meet the following criteria. It must be realistic when taking all constraints and possible factors into account. You must be able to create a strategy or action plan that will enable you to achieve it.
R = RELATED
Your intention for growth or your goal should be related to your dreams and ambitions. A SMART goal is one that supports other goals or aligns with your passions and dreams.
A related SMART goal will allow you to answer yes to the following:
1. Does this goal compliment my bigger vision?
2. With this goal help me achieve happiness and or fulfillment?
3. Is the timing right for setting this goal?
T = TIME-FRAME
When setting SMART goals, they should always have a specific time-frame in which they are achievable.
When it is a SMART that can have a time- frame established you should be able to answer the following questions:
1. Do you have the time to devote to this goal, without letting it get in the way of your other goals?
2. When will the goal be achieved?
3. What are the incremental steps, or smaller goals that you need to establish to accomplish the goal?
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