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
When goal setting, make sure that three actions are completed as part of this on-going process:
- Roles: Your Goals should span a variety of life domains (personal growth, professional, financial, family, etc.). The best way to insure that you are achieving a real life-balance is to check which roles each goal will include. Review your roles list while goal setting. It is common for some goals to span several facets of your life. However, if you discover that only one or two roles are reflected in all your goals, it likely means your plans are lopsided.
- Recorded: You must write down your goals. Just thinking about them will not do! Recording your goals will help crystallize your thinking. Simply writing it down is like magic as it will help you clarify the exact objective. If you do not record your goals, they remain ambiguous, and it is more than likely you will never hit those targets. Failing to take the time to plan your life is a major mistake. Yes, it is true: the majority of people never write out their goals. Do you want to be average? If you stopped someone randomly on the street and asked them what they plan to achieve over the next year, they would be stunned, perhaps even upset by the question, as they would have no way to answer. It is crucial that you strive to be in the small minority and write your goals down.
- Reviewed: Once your goals are recorded, do not hide them in a filing cabinet. It is important that you make the great effort to review them at least once a week. In fact, I suggest a brief 5-10 minute review every day. This will help you prioritize each day to make sure you focus on tasks that are directly related to your overall goals.
Next week, I'll go over some final thoughts on goal settings.