S – Specific, Significant, and Stretching
M – Measurable, Motivational, and Meaningful
A – Adventurous, Attainable, and Action-oriented
R – Realistic, Relevant, and Responsible
T – Time-Bound, Tangible, and Thoughtful
E – Energizing, Exciting, and Excellence
R – Roles, Recorded, and Reviewed (Friday, Aug 18)
When goal setting, make sure that these six attributes are part of your plan:
- Time-Bound: The major difference between a dream and a goal is a deadline. Goals need to become part of your daily life so they need definite start times and due dates. When considering the timeline of a goal, be realistic about the amount of time that it will take to achieve it. For long term goals, it is recommended that these are divided into smaller goals, projects, or tasks with determined completion dates in order to stay on schedule.
- Tangible: A good goal is precisely identified. This means that stating something like “I will strive to be a better person this year” is poorly defined goal as it is hard for anyone, including yourself, to appraise it. A goal should be tangible in a way that a third-party could easily identify and explain it to someone else. This attribute is closed related to being able to measure a goal.
- Thoughtful: Many people spend more time planning for a party or a vacation than planning for their life’s journey. Before setting goals, you should engage in some deep contemplation. Life goals are the bricks of a good life. Do not set trivial or small goals. Make sure you have the right targets and that you do not aim too low.
- Energizing: Nido Qubein wrote “when a goal matters enough to a person, that person will find a way to accomplish what at first seemed impossible.” It is the energizing factor that explains how some so-called crazy dreams become everyday realities. Remember: great goals should be like kerosene thrown on an already burning fire, igniting your passions with a burst of life and energy.
- Exciting: Often little children fight the parental idea to take naps or go to bed because every moment awake is an exciting adventure, filled with lesson and new experiences. Goals should help bring out the inner child. The process of working on the goal should not be viewed as drudgery, but as wonderful play. Great life goals are so exciting that you can not wait to wake-up and continue on your unique journey.
- Excellence: Life Goals should be about reaching for the next level and achieving excellence. Why would you want to aim low? Do not settle for anything average or mediocre. Focus your time, thought, and energy to bring about your very best efforts. I suggest using the Excellence Grid as a thought tool when planning out your goals.
Next week, I’ll continue to outline the SMARTER model, and explain R (Roles, Recorded, and Rewarding).