Smart Goal Setting for Maximum Achievemeti by vinayakbhat254


									                        Smart Goal Setting
                    For Maximum Achievement

How Can Smart Goal Setting Help You Succeed?

Why is goal setting important?

Whatever our dreams and vision in life, goal setting stands out as one of the basic life skills we
must master, right up there with developing leadership skills, decision making skills, and
effective communication skills.

But goal setting techniques and strategies aren't enough.

They must also be SMART.

Smart goal setting strategies are a powerful tool that helps us to clearly see:

       where we are
       where we want to go
       how we will get there.

Setting a goal is no guarantee of success. It's just the first step in the journey. If you have ever set
yourself grand New Year's resolutions, and then allowed them to fall off your to-do list as the
year progresses, you know what I mean.

Life gets in the way.

Beyond good intentions, goal setting must be supported in a way that makes it likely that you
will achieve the thing you set out to do, otherwise there is always the temptation to "forget all
about it" and give up.

Hence the importance of Smart Goal Setting.

Theory Of Goal Setting

In the late 1960s, Dr Edwin Locke published a paper - Toward a Theory of Task Motivation and
Incentives - in which he suggested that working towards a goal provided a major source of
motivation for employees to actually reach the goal. This in turn improved performance.

We call this Locke's Goal Setting Theory.
We could put Locke's theory this way...

                      MOTIVATION => PERFORMANCE

Locke's goal setting motivation theory also discovered that employees did better when presented
with goals that were clear and challenging, rather than goals that were general and easily

Smart Goal Setting For Kids

My child is learning the piano. Through observing and supervising her practices, I have learned
some valuable insights about motivating kids.

The first key to helping your child achieve is to be clear about what you need them to do.

I have found that when I say "Be more careful", it doesn't work as well as when I say, "See if you
can get your left hand to come in 4 counts after the right hand begins".

In the first scenario, I have not told my child what to look out for or what being careful means.
She will only know she has made a mistake when she actually hits a wrong note, or when I tell
her "That's not how it should be played".

In the second scenario, I'm very specific. My child knows exactly what she needs to do. She also
knows that I am intentionally setting the bar a bit higher. When she gets the tricky bit right, she
knows she has accomplished something marvellous, and we celebrate together.

To sum up...

                    Clear Goals + Challenging Goals => Motivation

Smart Goal Setting Motivation Theory

How do we keep our motivation levels high?

It's easy to stay motivated when there is something worthy you can focus your energy on, and if
you have enjoyed past success doing that particular thing.

In some cultures, it is considered bad manners to praise oneself or to accept credit for having
done well. But when you do well and acknowledge the fact, you are not boasting or
exaggerating. You are merely accepting reality and speaking the truth.

To Motivate, we have to Celebrate.

When you have done well at something, praise yourself and acknowledge your achievement.
Give yourself a mental pat on the back.
If someone notices your achievement, don't put yourself down or give a default response like
"Oh, it was nothing" or "I was just lucky". When you do so, you diminish your achievement and
you are also indirectly suggesting that the other person has poor judgement. Instead, agree with
him and find a way to celebrate the moment together.

Let the good feelings inspire you on to more smart goal setting and more success.

You will naturally want to keep doing well.

               Success + Celebration + Affirmation => MORE Motivation

Employee Goal Setting

If you are an employee, chances are you already know something about SMART goals.

If you don't, SMART is simply an acronym for one of the most effective and smart goal setting
strategies used.

Let's chunk it down to find out what it means to be SMART in goal setting...

S = Specific

M = Measurable

A = Achievable

R = Rewarding

T = Timeline

Why are SMART goals a smart goal setting strategy?

I'll explain with some examples.

Example 1:

You want to become the top salesperson for the company, but you have left the end date open. It
could be 12 months from now, or 10 years from now.

Your goal lacks the Timeline factor, so it's not yet a SMART goal.

Example 2:

You want to take up a Masters course in order to switch careers, but you haven't worked out
where to get the money for the course fees.
Your goal is not Achievable at this point in time, so it's not yet a SMART goal.

Are you starting to get a grasp of how this works?

What must you now tell yourself in order to make your goal SMART?

What do you see yourself doing differently?

In the workplace, employee goal setting and organizational goal setting can be so much more
rewarding and sustainable if targets are set with the SMART criteria in mind.

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