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April 26, 2012

SMART Goals Mean Business

Goals are necessary to achieve the results you want and to succeed. They:

  • Help you see and measure your progress toward achieving what you want.
  • Provide motivation and stimulus to keep going over the hard parts.
  • Encourage the development of self-confidence that comes from achieving what you want in your work and life.
  • Give you structure and a reason for doing certain things or not doing them.
  • Provide criteria against which you can make decisions.

The most effective goals are SMART:

  • Specific. Clearly spell out steps that contribute most to the performance of that goal.
  • Measurable. Establish criteria by which you can evaluate the goal and determine when you have achieved it.
  • Adaptable. Goals must be flexible and respond to personal, professional, business and environmental changes.
  • Realistic. Blue sky, but keep both feet on the ground. Set goals that stretch and grow your abilities, but are not so difficult that you become discouraged.
  • Timely. Put a deadline on each goal.

Are your goals SMART? If not, take some time and revise them, so they meet the SMART criteria. The SMARTer a goal, the more likely you will reach it.

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