Grab that list of words you created on how you want to describe 2015. Last week we made sure these were all things that inspire us and not tasks we feel we have to do.
Ok – now choose one of the words you wrote down. Let’s dig a bit- what are three things you would need to accomplish to make that word a reality?
Now that you have a starting point, lets hear from Coach Tim Kincaid, to craft these into actionable goals. Tim is an executive Coach who specializes in helping leaders become more focused, effective, and successful.
S = Specific
Vague goals render vague results. Specific means you can articulate the details of the goal:
Ask: What do you want to accomplish? Why is this important and can you name specific benefits or purposes? Who is involved and who will benefit? Where is the location? Which requirements and constraints are anticipated?
M = Measurable
How you will quantify or measure the outcome.
Ask: When the goal is accomplished, state how you will know – what will be different?
What gets measured gets done!
A = Actionable / Attainable
State how the goal will be accomplished and results attained.
Ask: What actions are necessary or possible to accomplish the goal?
R = Relevant / Realistic
The goal is directly relevant to desired outcome and is a goal that truly matters. The goal also is realistic. It may cause you to really “stretch” but also has a realistic chance of success.
T = Time-bounded
A SMART Goal has specific milestones and deadlines to measure progress.
Ask: By when will specific sub tasks and the final goal be completed?
T= can also stand for Thrilling – is this goal juicy, scary and exciting? There is lots of momentum to Thrilling goals!
Use the SMART criteria to turn those three ideas into achievable goals.
And, doesn’t the progress feel GREAT?