~ By Jessika M. Ferm
The SMART acronym is an excellent tool for making sure our goals and instructions are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timed. It helps us clarify what we want to accomplish and set deadlines to make sure it produces the results we want in the timeframe we need. The six steps below will help you formulate your goals in the most efficient way possible.
Before you start to fine-tune your goals, remember to check in with your intentions for wanting to accomplish this goal in the first place. Ask yourself:
If your goal description is not unequivocally clear to those who read it, you are inviting unnecessary confusion and possible excuse making. After you have written out your goal, ask yourself:
You probably know the saying "What gets measured gets done." When we design goal statements that are measurable, we are far more likely to get them done and know when we have accomplished them because it produces clear deliverables. To make sure your goals deliver results, ask yourself:
You may want to get a promotion next week or leave next Monday to travel around the world for a year. While these goals are exciting and possible, they may not be attainable right now. When you design your goals, keep in mind how likely it is that you can accomplish them in the timeframe you have allocated. Ask yourself:
If goals aren't or don't feel relevant, we tend to put them on the back-burner. There are simply too many other things to focus on and get done. To ensure these goals are relevant, ask yourself:
Most goals fail because we haven't indicated the timeframe in which we want to have them accomplished. For those of us who are procrastinators, not providing measurable timelines can be detrimental and we may find that the same goals appear over and over again on our planning sheets. To prevent this from happening, ask yourself:
By following these six simple steps and asking yourself the clarifying questions, your goals will be concise, clear, and produce the results for which you are looking.
Jessika M. Ferm is a writer, coach, speaker, and consultant on leadership, management, and business topics and is known for her "no frills no fluff" approach to sharing information. She is the President of J.Ferm, LLC, an international leadership consulting firm and is the trusted advisor to leaders and managers ranging from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups.
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