Setting a goal and then making the decision to accomplish it can be a fleeting task, to say the least. Oftentimes our goals are so massive that we can’t even remember what the initial reason for setting the goal was.
When it comes to goal setting, I love using tools that allow me to think critically, come to a real decision about the goal, and then provide support to actually complete it. The SMART Method (re-imagined) does just that!
The traditional SMART Method looks like this:
Now don’t get me wrong, it is a tried and true method and I am sure has worked for many people. Research has shown SMART goals can save time and simplify the process of setting measurable goals, but SMART goals are better for steady-state situations…”
I believe the true beauty behind successful goal setting is not setting goals that box us into a one-track mind or an all-or-nothing approach, but setting goals that harness the power of expanded thinking, improvement of self or productivity, and take healthy risks.
The SMART Method (reimagined) looks like this:
For one, this version of SMART can work for children and adults of all ages. The labels are easier to understand. They also don’t create a fear that if you don’t attain the goal, it was a failure (like the traditional SMART method). In addition, the reimagined version doesn’t create unnecessary pressure to develop goals that aren’t actually of interest to you.
Traditional SMART goals aren’t always that smart…
I mean honestly, how many times have you created lists and lists of goals that had absolutely nothing to do with your interests or desires? Too many to count, right!
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Author Unknown (Hint: It wasn’t Albert Einstein).
Let’s get off the hamster wheel! We’ve been doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results – it hasn’t worked thus far! It’s not fair to you or the bold life you desire to live – because anyone who even takes the time to set goals is creating a bigger, bolder, and more fulfilling life.
So, let’s get to creating SMART Goals - Significant, Meaningful, Action-Oriented, Rewarding, and Trackable and watch your life take on more purpose.
“I don’t know for sure what kinds of flowers I’m planting with my days on this planet, but I intend to find out, and so should you.” — Austin Kleon, Keep Going.
Now go be GREAT!
*Written by Donielle I. Turner, MS (Licensed Behavior Specialist) *