Characteristics of Good Goals
So much has been written about the importance of goals; how to create them; how to monitor them; how to accomplish them; and on and on and on! When I decided to write this, I went online to see what is out there. I found so many ideas and viewpoints in the images connected to goals.
It seems that it all starts with a dream to accomplish something or have something or get rid of something... or something. Then you need to get busy doing it. And you can't have success without a goal so you better make one and set a deadline. Now that you that know you need to have a goal, you can start by being S.M.A.R.T. about it.
So I looked and found how to create S.M.A.R.T. Goals. I found it interesting how many different versions existed for what each of those letters means.
|S||Specific - they all seem to agree that the goal should be specific|
|M||Measurable... Motivational - these were the two ideas on this one|
|A||Achievable... Accountable... Action-Oriented... Attainable... Assignable - A lot of different ideas on this one|
|R||Realistic... Relevant... Responsible... Recorded - Again many different ideas|
|T||Time-bound... Time-based... Touchable - Most of these focus on the need to tie it to some time frame|
I've noticed that many times people are successful in creating S.M.A.R.T. goals, but the goals still do not get reached. We all know how that goes. But what is going on and what is there to do about it?
I found some answers. You need a PLAN. How do you get anywhere with out a plan? Then you absolutely must have DISCIPLINE. Without discipline you might just stop executing the plan. Ultimately the goal must be to GET SHIT DONE! Now we are in real trouble because our dream has turned into SHIT! ???WHAT??? It is okay though because we all know the real answer comes from the pinnacle of success... NIKE... We need to JUST DO IT! Everything will work out!
And then there are a few more ideas on getting yourself there. We are told that we will want to GIVE UP and urged to not do so. Earlier, we were encouraged to write it down and now we are told to TELL THE WORLD. Another image not shown here says, "People who wrote down their goals were 42‰ more likely to acheive them than the ones who didn't. Telling a friend increases this rate to 78‰." I think that means we need to write them down AND tell the world. Then we encounter the people who will say to us SHOW ME, DON´T TELL ME. And finally, we are reminded that it is COMMITMENT that bonds us to our goals like glue.