Goal_Setting_the_SMART_Way

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Goal Setting the SMART Way

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Summary:
A no-nonsense plan for setting goals.


Keywords:
setting goals, goals, achieving goals


Article Body:
Goal setting is a task that is often overlooked until the New Year, when
people decide to set resolutions. However, these resolutions are nothing
more than wishes and are far from what we would call "goals". Hence these
"so called" goals have very little chance of being realized. Just ask any
fitness club owner when the greatest number of sign-ups occur and when
the greatest number of drop-outs occur. Clearly, these "resolutions"
don't work!
So just what does work?

When it matters and you really want to accomplish your task, you will
want to use tried and true goal setting techniques. Among the more
successful methods is the SMART method of setting goals. SMART=Specific
Measurable Attainable Realistic Time-sensitive.

Goal setting starts with making sure that your goals are indeed SMART.
Let's examine this briefly shall we.
A goal cannot be something general. It must be substantial and detailed.
The goal must answer the questions who, what, where, when, how, and why.
As an example, if your goal is to get a raise, this is not specific
enough and doesn't meet our criteria. If your goal is to get a 10% raise
within 6 months, this is specific.
Measurable means exactly that. Your goal must be able to be measured or
quantified. In the above example, a raise is not quantifiable, but a 10%
raise is definitely quantifiable because the 10% number can be counted
and verified.

A goal is attainable when it is realistic or feasable given your skills
and resources. If you wish to be a pilot in 2 days and you have no money
and no one to teach you, this may be considered "unattainable".

Realistic refers to your goal being "reasonable", meaning you are not 35
years old and setting a goal to have 3 kids before you turn 36! Your goal
must be reasonable or surely you will have no chance of achieving it
under any circumstances. This doesn't mean that goals that are
"impossible" to achieve should not be attempted. History has shown us
that what seems "impossible" to achieve for most people is indeed quite
possible for others to achieve under the proper circumstances.
Lastly, "time sensitive" refers to all goals having a completion date.
This is what separates goals from activities, activities do not require
an end date. This is a very important distinction between a goal and an
activity. Using our previous example, obtaining a 10% salary raise during
your lifetime is not the same as a 10% raise within 6 months.

We certainly hope the above information will aid you in setting and
achieving more goals during your lifetime. For further information, be
sure to check out the many goal setting resources available to you
online. In fact, make that your first goal!

				
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