S – Specific, Significant, and Stretching
M – Measurable, Motivational, and Meaningful
A – Adventurous, Attainable, and Action-oriented (Friday, Aug 4)
R – Realistic, Relevant, and Responsible (Friday, Aug 4)
T – Time-Bound, Tangible, and Thoughtful (Friday, Aug 11)
E – Energizing, Exciting, and Excellent (Friday, Aug 11)
R – Roles, Recorded, and Reviewed (Friday, Aug 18)
When goal setting, make sure that these six attributes are part of your plan:
· Specific: The more specific your goal, the more likely you are to achieve it. For example, imagine if your goal was simply ‘to make more money’. If I gave you a $5.00 bill, this goal has been completed; yet, it is unlikely this is what you mean. A better goal would be ‘I will increase my annual income by 10 percent’.
· Significant: Goals are your life’s work. You should strive to make your goals important, at minimum, to yourself. Goals that also positively impact family, community, and the world are the fastest way both to achieve and produce a legacy.
· Stretching: Albert Einstein once said “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Great goals produce real growth. The help you go further than you can today. When planning, consider how you could extend your grasp and stretch farther than you ever have before.
· Measurable: This is one of the central keys for a successful goal. An old business maxim is ‘Inspect what you Expect.’ This means you need to find a way to keep score so you can monitor your progress and determine when you have succeeded. A weight loss goal might measure a certain amount of daily calories or the number of pounds lost per month. The better measure you select, the easier it will be to evaluate feedback and make any needed course corrections.
· Motivational: Sometimes, people set certain goals to please other people (e.g. parents, teachers, bosses, spouses); however, even when these attempts are done for the best of reasons, rarely are they successful. Why? Goals need to be personal as you need to truly care about the content, journey, and outcome. A motivational goal should be powerful enough that you look forward to waking up each morning to meet this inspiration challenge.
· Meaningful: This is closely related to setting motivational goals as these major targets should have a deep significance to you. ‘What you do’ should directly correspond to ‘who you are’. The very best goals will link to your purpose and values. If a goal is not meaningful to you, why would you want to pursue it?
Next week, I’ll continue to outline the SMARTER model, and explain A (Adventurous, Attainable, and Action-oriented) and R (Realistic, Relevant, and Responsible).