Setting Goals that Succeed

Setting Goals that Succeed

Setting Goals with the S.M.A.R.T Goal Method
There are times when setting goals is needed and necessary.  The best method I have found is by using the S.M.A.R.T goal method, first introduced in 1981 by George T. Doran in a magazine called Management Review.  This method of setting goals has been taught and adapted many times over the years.  I like it best in its original form and here is how it goes.
S-Specific
States exactly what the goal will be.  No generalizations allowed.
M-Measurable
Can be measured.
A-Attainable
It is something you are capable of completing.  Going from a coach potato to a marathon runner in 4 weeks is not attainable, but in 6 months to a year is.
R- Realistic
The goal must be realistic.  Now there is a definite time and place for WIGs- Wildly Improbable Goals (thanks to Martha Beck for the great acronym) but not for these goals.S.M.A.R.T.Goals
T- Time Related
There must be a deadline or time frame for completion.
And lastly don’t forget to write them down and post them in a place you will look at often.

Good S.M.A.R.T goals-
•    I will have 3 client interactions a week.
•    I will take 4 weeks of vacation this year.

Poorly written goals
•    I will have more clients.
•    I will go on more vacations.