Goals Session 12: Practice #2!

Okay folks, in session 11 we did a little practice on writing our goals.  We looked at a “Not-S.M.A.R.T.” goal and found six things that were incorrect with it.  Then we re-wrote the goal and turned it into a S.M.A.R.T. goal!

Remember the S.M.A.R.T. goal acronym:

S = Specific

M = Measurable

A = Attainable

R = Realistic

T = Time Specific

Now, let’s take a look at two quick little goals that aren’t S.M.A.R.T. and turn them into goals that we can work with:

“I’m going to get more organized this quarter.”

Based on what you’ve learned so far, what problems do you see? 

  1. It’s written in the future tense.  Remember, your subconscious mind doesn’t believe future tense!
  2. There is no specific date.
  3. It’s not specific.
  4. It’s not measurable.  The way it’s written, your goal would be accomplished by just straightening your paperclips!
  5. It’s not written as an affirmation statement.  Remember to use the words, “I am,” or “I have,” at the beginning or your goals.

So, let’s re-write it as a S.M.A.R.T. goal:

“I am learning six new organizational techniques and implementing them by March 31, 2012.”

The goal is now:

  1. Written in the present tense
  2. Measurable—(six techniques)
  3. Has a date
  4. Specific as to what you are going to do
  5. Starts with “I am.”

One more, quick example of a “Not – S.M.A.R.T. goal:

“I’ve got to lose some weight.”

There are lots of problems with this goal.  See if you can come up with some of them.

Now, look at it re-written as a S.M.A.R.T. goal:

“I am increasing my energy and looking great by losing 12 pounds by April 30, 2012!”

It’s now specific, measurable, date specific, written in the present tense, and attainable.  (From the time I am writing this, April 30th is three months away.  That’s only four pounds a month, and anybody can do that!)

I hope these two examples help you.  In the next session, we’re going to talk about your life.  We will identify some areas that need some work so that you can begin setting your own goals.

Until then,

Robert

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