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Setting Goals That Stick: Part VII

Posted on March 11th, 2014 by Stephen Hardy | 2 Comments | Print | RSS

In previous blogs we’ve looked at the process of setting SMART goals. SMART goals are:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Relevant
Timely

In this, the final blog in this series, we will look at making them SMARTER.

SMART becomes SMARTER

Later workers in the area of goal setting have extended the idea of SMART goals to making them SMARTER. The additional letters stand for:

Evaluate
Re-evaluate

The Scottish poet Robert Burns in his 1785 poem “To a Mouse” put it nicely:

The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men,

Gang aft agley,

An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,

For promis’d joy!

The loose translation of which is: Things don’t go according to plan and you get hurt.

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Setting Goals That Stick: Part VI

Posted on March 3rd, 2014 by Stephen Hardy | No Comments | Print | RSS

In these blogs we have been discussing SMART goals. These goals are:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Relevant

Timely

In this blog we look at making them:

Timely

Dreams aren’t goals. Dreams are missing something to make them a goal.

To turn a dream into a goal it needs a date.

Dates have urgency. Dates are real. By setting a date to achieve a goal you make yourself accountable. Setting a date – and don’t ever forget to include the year when you set the date – means you can set a schedule for making it happen and put daily tasks or processes in place to make sure it does.

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