Grow Yourself and Your Business Using S.M.A.R.T. Goals and a Coach!
As in leadership, every great sportsman began learning their skills one small step at a time. I’m sure Michael Jordan when he began shooting whoops wasn’t consistent in the beginning. However with a dream, focus, faithfulness, and consistency, well, need I say more? But we never saw these disciplines; we only saw the outcomes. So it is with great leaders!
One way to identify the right effort and skill sets you need in order to grow beyond where you are now can be found in using S.M.A.R.T. Goals. For those who are stuck, you may find your clarity while brainstorming specific ideas. Then when you focus your efforts consistently, you’ll discover this tool, this activity will help you to utilize your resources giving you a greater chance of achieving your goals and success in all you do. Evaluate your progress objectively!
Once you learn this, then use it throughout your career, while at the same time training your staff to do the same. Because with simplicity, consistency, and discipline comes the making of great leaders! S.M.A.R.T. Goals epitomizes this principle like none other.
Now just because it doesn’t appear complex doesn’t mean it won’t work! In fact, carefully laid, precise plans along with benchmarks to measure your effort and keep you on track, along with a set beginning and end date, then why wouldn’t it work? In fact, it’s in its very simplicity that makes it am. No other tool is as profoundly simple, yet exceptional as S.M.A.R.T. Goals.
You could think of it like the tracks of a train that faithfully bring people and products you from point A to point B. At one time this very train system created great wealth for those from the industrial age! So if I’ve gotten you fired up, let’s go. . . oh, one last thing, say I WILL throughout as it gives your brain a trigger that, oh yes, that’s right this is for me, and I CAN DO IT!
Let’s get started, begin here:
S.M.A.R.T. Goals. This acronym provides you with an outstanding way to create an amazing and relevant plan to get you life and business on track! Begin with S for Specific:
- SPECIFIC – Who, What, Where, Which, When, Why
Avoid making this general, like: “Use People Skills” or “Give Grace” Instead be clear, distinct, precise, explicit! Instead, say something like “S,” for “SPECIFIC”
Avoid making these too general, such as “Use my People Skills” or “Give Grace” Instead be clear, distinct, precise, explicit! So instead you would say under the “S” for “SPECIFIC.”
Use these to be able to be specific:
- Who: Who does this entail?
- What: What is this about, what is happening, what are the main issues?
- Where: Where is this taking place? In a town or in your mind?
- When: When is this occurring? When did it happen?
- Which: Which people, which place, which timeline?
- Why: Why did you/they____? Why at this time? Why me? Why You?
Use good manners, being kind and considerate showing empathy and grace when necessary. I
Instead of “Give Grace” you’d put “When my staff makes a mistake, be gentle, carefully correcting them. Then make sure they understand what they did wrong and why they are being corrected. At the same time, I need to allow them another opportunity to do things the right way.”
Another example would be instead of “Learn to use video.” A more precise way would be: “Learn to shoot a 3-minute video playing with the focus setting in the background, so the main subject stands out better. When the quality is according to your liking, then upload it to YouTube.” See the difference?
- MEASURABLE –
Figure out the amount of items and time. Measure progress according to the established criteria you determine in this step. Ask yourself:
i. How much? ii. How many? iii. How will I know when it is complete or accomplished?C.
- ATTAINABLE –
Is it within my scope of skills, talent, knowledge, and financial ability. We’ve all had dreams. However, if you dream of being a famous musical performer but you’re tone deaf, that’s just not attainable. Ask yourself: Is this within my abilities and skill sets? Is it something I can really learn? Yes, stretch yourself, get out of your comfort zone, but not so far out it’s inconceivable and unattainable!
- REALISTIC –
Can you genuinely reach this goal within your time constraints, financial capability, and ability level reach this goal? Ask yourself:
i. Is there enough time? ii. Do I have the right amount of resources? iii. Can I establish concrete benchmarks along with creating an accountability structure that keeps me focused and motivated?
- TIME BOUND –
This is to be accomplished, or finished by when? Without a concrete start and finish, it’s just not a goal, it’s a nice wish. This is what anchors your motivation to your goal. The next step is to then chunk it down into manageable bites. When I was preparing for my CPLP certification, the designation for those in Training and Development similar to what the CPA is to accountants, I had 9 manuals I was going to be tested on, so I needed to learn them inside out. I figured out how many pages I needed to read and review per day to go through them two entire times.
F. A goal should be grounded within a time frame so you can evaluate your progress objectively!
With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? “Someday” won’t work. However if you anchor it within a timeframe, say by “May 1st”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on your goal. Your goal is realistic only if you truly believe 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 if you know the conditions that must exist for you to accomplish it. Check with others to see how, what, and when they were able to do it. Being realistic will help you set goals in the future, and be assured you are capable of reaching them.
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 and thus attainable.
For learn more about S.M.A.R.T Goals, check out: http://www.wikihow.com/Set-SMART-Goals
COACHING WITH SUE – 1st Threecompor
Do you want to discover WHAT GOALS you should be setting? Timing is everything. Make sure you’re doing the right thing, at the right time, in the right place! HOW DO I DO THAT? The first three people that contact Sue will receive a one time coaching appointment with her! She will intuitively guide you into the direction you need to take. Contact her today by emailing her at AccidentalLeader@comcast.net today!