Goals Session 11: Practice #1

We’re finally here!  I am very proud of you for sticking in there and learning all that you’ve learned about goal setting so far.

If you’re just joining us, please make sure that you go to my website (Robert Mallon), look on the right side of the page, and review the lessons on Goal Setting Tips.  To date, there have been ten lessons.  Each lesson builds on the previous one, just as you might remember learning algebra or geometry.  (Oops, almost gagged there…)  If you missed a day in one of those classes, you got lost.  So if you missed any of these lessons, click the link above and review them before proceeding.

As mentioned earlier, over the last nine years, I’ve taught this in seminars all over the country to thousands of people.  I’ve heard some amazing stories about the results that folks have experienced.  Can’t wait to see what this does for you!

So here we go!

Remember the S.M.A.R.T. acronym that we learned in Session 4:

S = Specific

M = Measurable

A = Attainable

R = Realistic

T = Time Specific

You’ll see right below this a goal that is NOT a S.M.A.R.T. goal.  Let’s practice, first by having you read it, and then by figuring out what’s wrong with it.

“Turnover is too high in my department.  I’m going to reduce it by the end of the year.”

There are six problems with this goal.  Think back on what you’ve learned to this point, and write down on a piece of paper what they are:  (Make sure and do this before moving on.  It will help you understand what you actually know and what you don’t!)

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Here are the answers:

  1. It’s not specific
  2. It’s not measurable
  3. It written in two sentences, not one
  4. It’s not written as an affirmation statement
  5. It’s written in the future tense, not the present
  6. There’s no specific date associated with the goal

How did you do?  If you have any questions, just send me a question and I’ll be happy to answer it for you.

In the next session, we’ll practice with two more goals, and then it will be time for you to start writing your own!

Thinking the best for you!

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