For the past several weeks we have detailed how to make our goals SMART.
tate exactly and with clear details what we want to accomplish. Next we must make sure our goals are measurable. This means there must be some type of quantity, some amount, some way or determining if more or less needs to be done. After we have ensured that our goals are specific and measurable, we must make sure they are attainable.
A goal that is attainable is one that is able to be reached with persistent effort. In other words, a major step in making a goal attainable, means that one must get up and get moving. Our next step is to ensure that our goals are realistic. When we are realistic in our planning we take into account all our resources: time, money, personnel, ability. When we are realistic we divide things into steps that can be accomplished one at a time. When our goals are realistic, we can have confidence in them and then we can make our dreams come true.
The final ingredient in the goal setting cake is to make the goal time bound. It is important for us to set time limits and schedule our goals because no matter how specific, measurable, attainable and realistic our goals are, we will never achieve them satisfactorily unless we set a time limit for success.
The Winans "Payday"
I realize all of this is a great deal of work. Setting goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound is a hard job. But it is a job that must be done and it has great payoff. The payday for all the work is that we will be able to do what we set our minds to accomplish.
Now that you have all the rules for SMART goals, go set some. So the question for you this Thrilling Thursday is how are you going to put it all together and make SMART goals?