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"SMART" Goals Are Successful Goals

Posted on February 28, 2013


Whether you’re managing a project, working to improve employee job performance, or simply pursuing a personal ambition, establishing a “desired end result” is an essential first step.

One of the most effective ways to establish a meaningful “desired end result” is to use the SMART format to structure your goal. 

Here’s how to create a SMART goal:

  • Specific. Create a goal that is clear and unambiguous in its terms.  Answer the five W’s: What, Where,  When, Which, and Why.
  • Measurable.  Make sure that progress towards the objective is measurable.  This will not only help stay on track towards the goal but will also motivate continued effort and productivity.
  • Attainable.  Establish a goal that is realistic.  A challenging goal requires perseverance, hard work and even creativity.  But a goal that is unrealistic or impossible is merely a set-up for failure.
  • Relevant.  It’s important that the goal actually matters, that the achievement of the goal will lead to a greater accomplishment, that it is beneficial for all those involved.  The goal must be a worthwhile use of time, energy and resources.
  • Time-Bound.  Have a working time frame and target date in place.  A deadline for completion brings with it a sense of commitment and importance to the task.

A SMART goal is an achievable goal!

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Have A Written Target

Posted on January 31, 2013

Author Zig Ziglar once wrote, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.”  The practice of setting goals in life, both professionally and personally is an invaluable tool for accomplishing great things.  Not only does goal-setting help give direction and focus, but it also brings with it a sense of purpose.  Without a sense of purpose, there is little to motivate effort.  In other words, without a clear ‘target’ why bother ‘aiming’?

Establishing goals means the difference between success and failure.

So what is the best way to establish a goal?  Write it down!

Studies have shown that written goals are almost twice as likely to be accomplished as unwritten goals.  The reasons for this are simple:

      1.  Precision.  Writing requires a more deliberate and specific statement of intention. 

      2.  Commitment.  Documenting the goal encourages dedication to the task.

      3.  Focus.  A written goal provides focus and direction, a target

      4.  Accountability.  On paper, the goal is a concrete, physical reminder of the objective.

A well-written goal provides the purpose and the objective.  It also provides the plan and planning is crucial to effective and productive effort.  The absence of a goal, or a plan to meet that goal is failure by default, but a goal and a plan and the determination to stay focused and committed to that goal is like seeing a target, aiming and hitting the bulls-eye! 

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Two Mindsets, One Piece Of Cake

Posted on December 31, 2012

Little Charlie and Jack are sitting at the dinner table staring at the single piece of chocolate cake that sits on the tabletop between them.  They both want the piece of cake.  Charlie believes that only one of them can have the cake.  He becomes worried and tense, even resentful at the idea that Jack might get it over him.  To him there is a clear “winner” and “loser” in this scenario.  The winner gets the cake the loser gets nothing.  Jack, on the other hand, gives a carefree, happy grin and says excitedly, “It sure is a big piece of cake . . . how ‘bout we both have some!”

There are two very different attitudes at play here and whether it’s a dinning room or the workplace the result of each is the same.

The Scarcity Mindset vs. The Abundance Mindset

The scarcity mindset views success and accomplishment as something in limited supply, something that can be “won” by self or “lost” to another, but not shared.  An individual with this attitude can become unnecessarily competitive and easily threatened by the success of others.  

In stark contrast, the abundance mindset views success as not being limited to one “winner,” but rather an opportunity to be shared in and accomplished by many; the success of one can be beneficial to all.  This attitude encourages and motivates achievement in oneself as well as others.

The scarcity mindset in the workplace creates an atmosphere of tension and discouragement.  The abundance mentality, however, inspires a productive environment that encourages all to strive for excellence, understanding that there is enough of the “cake” to go around!




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Thought Determines Outcome

Posted on November 30, 2012

Imagine you’re standing at the free-throw line on a basketball court.  You have the ball in your hands and you’re staring at the basket ready to make the shot, anticipating the rush you’ll feel when the ball goes through the hoop.  You know what you want, you know how to get it; it’s just a matter of making the shot.  Now, imagine telling yourself, “I can’t do it.” 

The odds of success have just dropped dramatically.  Why?  Because thought often determines outcome. 

Like attracts like.  Positive thought produces positive results while negative thought produces negative results.  It’s easy enough to establish a goal you’d like to achieve, but your attitude towards meeting that goal makes the difference between success and failure.  Negative thoughts produce half-hearted attempts at best, sabotaging your own efforts and yielding weak, unsatisfying results. 

Establishing a goal then pursuing that goal with confident, enthusiastic, unselfish focus will yield productive, successful results.  A positive attitude creates a climate in which dreams grow, purpose and meaning thrive, goals are achieved and you become what you believe you can be.  In other words, you become what you are thinking.    

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