SMART Goals in Action
Last week’s article demonstrated how good intentions are just not enough when setting goals. SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) are very popular because they are effective with only a small investment of time and attention.
How? When? Where? Who? What?
SMART goals are results-focused because you cover fundamental questions. It is important to document the answers for future reference, motivation, reality check and learning tool.
A non-SMART personal goal: I want to save money.
A non-SMART organizational goal: We want to grow sales.
Here the SMART goals template provides actionable information and real direction.
When you go on a trip with no destination, that is a fun adventure and you are likely to be happy wherever you end up. On the other hand, if you have a specific destination in mind and don’t get there you will probably be upset and end up arguing with whoever is in the car with you.
When you’ve decided on a goal take the time to map out your journey with a SMART template. If you already have a goal, it’s never too late to re-visit and get SMART.