SMART Goals are:
Let's take a closer look at each of these elements...
Specific goals clearly describe targets, objectives, ways to meet those objectives (activities and resources), outcomes and indicators to evaluate them. A smart goal statement is straightforward, well defined and action-oriented.
Eg. Attend two management trainings by June 30th, 20XX
By setting measurable goals you will be able to monitor and evaluate progress as well as become aware of the time of the reached target. But how do you measure smart goals? Indicators are the best tools to measure goals. Some types of goals have quantifiable indicators; like attending a certain number of workshops or reading 5 books a month etc. Other goals are less tangible and you need to identify qualitative indicators in order to measure your success. Qualitative goals and indicators fall under the category of; improve communication skills, increase knowledge of........etc. The best way to measure those goals is to chunk them into smaller sizes eg. improve my communication skills. Which communication skills?: My verbal communication or written communication? How am I going to do that? How many training sessions? In the end you will be able to identify if those number of training sessions improved your communication skills by asking questions like: Do i feel less nervous when I have a public speech? Does my hand continue to sweat etc.
SMART Goals are achievable. You must be able to set goals that are possible to meet within your potential and the time specified. Expanding your potential is part of the goal achievement strategy, however, you need to recognize your limits and set realistic goals. Assess your capacity, your skills, abilities as well as the resources available to meet your goals. Use the findings of that assessment as a goal setting foundation. If achieving that specific goal requires gaining more skills and knowledge, then make that a separate short term goal. Breaking down your goals into manageable components makes the process less overwhelming and realistic. Impossible to achieve goals can be very damaging to your confidence and self-esteem.
In order to set relevant goals you need to visualize your big picture.
Ask yourself if your goals will fill the gap between
present situation and your desired one? Is the goal relevant to the
overall goals of the company or team or your specific career? By
answering these questions you are making sure that you are
putting your efforts in the right direction.
Set goals that are applicable to your personal or professional development.
Smart, effective goals are outcome based and demand a time-frame. Set a deadline for each of your goals. This way you are motivated to work towards archiving the goal and enjoying the end result. Make sure that your goals have realistic time lines.
Smart Goals Resources
consider themselves a work in progress
Dr Franklin C. Ashby
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