Goal Setting

Reach For A Reachable Star

A SMART goal is:


When setting goals, remember to:

*Work toward only one or two at a time.
*Start with a small goal, and reach it.
*Write goals down. Review them reguarly.
*Stay flexible about completion dates.

Gold-Standard Goals

In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen Covey states that one of the most difficult tasks we all face is self management. Managing your life may meean working to stop and unproductive behavior, or it may mean planning a career switch. Making such positive life changes is greatly aided by goal setting.

Many life coaches and organizational consultants recommend taking the time to set SMART goals. A SMART goal is:

Specific: It's precise and well-defined.

Measurable: It's embedded with clear ways to mark progress.

Attainable: It's challenging but reachable.

Rewarding: It's full of personal magic for you.

Timed: It's got a deadline.

There are at least two good reasons to run a goal through the SMART process. First, it allows you to review your commitment to the goal. And second, it allows you to bring the goal down to earth, changing it from a hope or a dream to a project with the completion date.

Let's pretend you're setting a SMART goal for moving ahead on your business.

Goal: I will finish all the projects within my business by the end of the month.

Specific: The goal clearly defines who will do what by when.

Measurable: Progress toward the gal can be marked off as you complete the

Attainable: You've successfully completed the project. With appropriate effort,
you'll also complete the next project.

Rewarding: You visualize yourself receiving the reward you set for yourself. You
feel proud of your accomplishment.

Timed: The end of the month is a set date. You know how many projects you still
have to complete to be done with all the projects. This information can help you
budget the time you'll need to meet your goal.

As you set SMART goals, remember these important aspects of goal setting:

1. Start with one SMART goal. Don't overwhelm yourself with change. Chalk up a victory before moving on to the next challenge.

2. Make it a small goal. In the example above, finishing one project by a specific date would be a good SMART mini-goal, pointing you toward completion of the larger one.

3. Write it down and review it. According to Victoria Cook, a life coach in Chicago, only 5% of people write down their goals, and only 1% review them. Set a regular time to monitor the progress you're making toward your goal.

4. Stay flexible. Things come up. You won't meet every SMART goal by your set deadline. Maybe the end of the month comes and you still have projects to complete. Have you failed? Not if your SMART goal has inspired you to keep working toward you plan to complete the project. Life Coach Victoria Cook states that the power og goals is in setting and working steadily toward your goal, you're on the road to success.

Until Next Time...

Jeané Elliott Bennett


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