Moving Beyond SMART Goals

GOALSLast week we took the words we want to use to describe 2015 and turned some of those words into goals, using the SMART filter.

But maybe you’re pretty familiar with the SMART goal guidelines and you are looking for a little more depth… well – you are in luck! This post is for you!

We have the privilege to hear from Coach Jim Kelly this week.  Jim loves to challenge people to discover new solutions to achieve the goals they have set for themselves.

Here are some of Jim’s thoughts:

Jim Kelly“Everybody talks about SMART goals, specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and with a time specified. That’s a good start for how to set goals.  But for those who have been setting goals for awhile, a more in-depth approach might be useful.

Understand WHY you’re setting a goal. Ask yourself:

 

  • Is this something I want and am passionate about (feeling-based and intrinsic rewards)

OR

  • Is it something I think I should do/be/have and will need to force myself to work on (thought-based and extrinsic rewards)

We often hear, “do what you love and the money will come” and that works sometimes. But other times, it might be helpful to prioritize extrinsic rewards.

Let’s look again at those goals that we chose for 2015.  Are they goals that push you towards something you are passionate about?  Things that you can’t wait to accomplish?  Or are they “stretch” goals that you will need a little extra push to start and keep working on.

Knowing the “why” behind the goals you’ve chosen can help you know what types of check points and rewards will be helpful to set.

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