Can’t seem to get motivated this Monday morning? Think of a goal you would like to obtain by the end of the week. It can be as simple as, going to the gym three nights this week, solidifying a deal with a client or completing a project a week earlier than it was originally slated for. Whatever goal you decide to achieve this week, or even this month, try using this S.M.A.R.T goal template to help you systematically obtain it.
SPECIFIC – A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. What will the goal accomplish? How and why will it be accomplished? To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:
- Who: Who is involved?
- What: What do I want to accomplish?
- Where: Identify a location.
- When: Establish a time frame.
- Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
- Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continue your efforts to reach your goal. To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as;
- How much?
- How many?
- How will I know when it is accomplished?
ATTAINABLE – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. By listing your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.
- Is this goal attainable?
- Have others done it successfully?
- Do I have the necessary knowledge,
skills, abilities, and resources to accomplish the goal?
- Will meeting this goal be of a challenge to me?
REALISTIC – To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress.
- What is the reason, purpose, or benefit of accomplishing this goal?
- What results would you like to see with this goal?
TIMELY – A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.
- What is the established completion date and does that completion date create a practical sense of urgency?
T can also stand for TANGIBLE – A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is; taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing. When your goal is tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable, in return thus attainable.
Now get started on your S.M.A.R.T Goal!
Happy Monday from The Executive Corner team!