All this week we've rolled up our sleeves and worked hard to set the stage for a rewarding 2010. On Monday we named our years - committing to the single thing we most want to achieve. Tuesday we outsmarted our Emotional Brain by generating a long list of easy, fun, new, and different reasons why attaining our goals is a good thing. Wednesday we got a boost of confidence while taking a long stroll down victory lane. We reviewed all of our past successes and reacquainted ourselves with the skills and strengths that have served us so well.
We will finish the week strong by getting S.M.A.R.T.
After today we will continue providing insights and suggestions, but the schedule will be more sporadic. Keep your eyes open for the great logo pictured above. When you see the yellow bulls eye, you will know what is in store.
I cannot set you free until I at least know you've taken these next few steps, as suggested by M.J. Ryan in her book titled, This Year I Will....
Here we go.
Goal and dreams are far more likely to manifest when they are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time Bound. Sounds obvious and intuitive, I know. But, amuse me and play along. It's one thing to think you get it. It's another to actually do the work.
Again, we'll use me and my Year of the Book to illustrate.
Specific: First of all, you recognize my goal for 2010 was not something general such as "Find a more fulfilling career." or "Live my dream as a writer." No, my goal is specific. Write a book. Next year at this time I will either have done it - or not. You must make sure your goal/resolution for 2010 is specific.
Measurable: For me, measurement is easy. I've either written a book or I haven't. Write it and render myself successful. Don't and start beating myself up. Yet, not all resolutions or goals lend themselves to measurement as easily. Let's take a look at a few of your goals.
Cheryl, Year of Art
Measurement is fairly straight forward. She's either created some art or not.
Chaotic, Year of Cards
Also, fairly measurable. She might set a goal for a particular number of cards she wants to create or, better yet, a certain number she plans to sell.
Robin, Year of Me
Robin's is a little harder to measure. Robin's goal doesn't lend itself to the same kind of measurement as either mine, Cheryl's or Chaotic's. Instead, we might ask Robin to assign a number from 1-5 indicating how well "me" is being taken care of right now. Say she says "1.5." Her measurable goal might be to move from 1.5 to a "4" before year's end.
Achievable. This element of goal setting is a question of being realistic. It is not realistic for me to believe that next year at this time my book will be sitting on a shelf somewhere in Barnes & Noble or that my agent will have booked me on Oprah's final episode. Instead, I will set an achievable goal - Complete a book that is ready to mailed to publishers for review.
Relevant: While my stated goal was not to "find a more fulfilling career" or "live my dream as a writer," the fact that I would like to be a writer is precisely what makes it my goal work. Writing a book is relevant, because it directly relates to my future career goals. If yoga, decorating your house, art, balance, talking on the phone, organization, and the many other goals listed on Monday do not REALLY matter to you, then they are not relevant and they will be too easy to drop. If I am describing your situation then, quick abandon ship and establish a new goal for 2010.
Time Bound. This, according to Ryan, refers to creating a time in the future when you will be "done" Again, mine is easy. I must be done by December 2010. Book finished. Peggy's Year of Balance, on the other hand, is a little trickier. She's working on a goal she hopes will persist for the rest of her life. Instead, she might create milestones along the way. "In six months I will have...." Or, "In eight months my reported level of balance will move from 2.5 to 3.5."
No time boundary no completion. Simple as that.
Watch how it works.... I will finish today's post in 25 words or less.
Go to the comment section and share some of the work you've done on your S.M.A.R.T goals. Inquiring minds want to help.
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