Confessions of an Accidental Leader

Hang Up Those New Years Resolutions, Make S.M.A.R.T. GOALS INSTEAD

Grow Yourself and Your Business Using S.M.A.R.T. Goals and a Coach!Goals are Your Solution

Everyone began as a baby.  Everyone had teenage years where they were “RIGHT” about “EVERYTHING”, and they knew everything. Every great sportsman began learning their skills one small step at a time. To grow your leadership, management, yourself as an owner or overall person, begin by setting basic strategic goals. Get your foundation down, then set up greater goals, make a plan, and lastly find a way to hold yourself accountable. To get started,

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By chunking down S.M.A.R.T. Goals.  This is an acronym with a powerful plan! Begin with S for Specific:

  • A. Specific – Who, What, Where, Which, When, Why

You don’t want to go for a general idea, such as lose weight. Instead be clear and make it precise, explicit! Instead of “read more”, you put “read one book in my industry a month,” beginning now. Instead of “learn to use video”, it could be something such as: “learn to shoot a 3 min. video and know how to upload it onto YouTube”. See the difference?

  • B. Measurable –

Figure out the amount of items and time. Measure progress according to the established criteria you determine in this step. Ask yourself:

i. How much? ii. How many? iii. How will I know when it is complete or accomplished?

  • C. Attainable –

Is it within my scope of skills, talent, knowledge, and financial ability. We’ve all had dreams. However, if you dream of being a famous musical performer but you’re tone deaf, that’s just not attainable. Ask yourself: Is this within my abilities and skill sets? Is it something I can really learn? Yes, stretch yourself, get out of your comfort zone, but not so far out it’s inconceivable and unattainable!

  • D. Realistic –

Can you genuinely reach this goal within your time constraints, financial capability, and ability level reach this goal? Ask yourself:

i. Is there enough time? ii. Do I have the right amount of resources? iii. Can I establish concrete benchmarks along with creating an accountability structure that keeps me focused and motivated?

  • E. Time Bound –

This is to be accomplished, or finished by when? Without a concrete start and finish, it’s just not a goal, it’s a nice wish. This is what anchors your motivation to your goal. The next step is to then chunk it down into manageable bites. When I was preparing for my CPLP certification, the designation for those in Training and Development similar to what the CPA is to accountants, I had 9 manuals I was going to be tested on, so I needed to learn them inside out. I figured out how many pages I needed to read and review per day to go through them two entire times.

F. A goal should be grounded within a time frame.

With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? “Someday” won’t work. However if you anchor it within a timeframe, say by “May 1st”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on your goal. Your goal is realistic only if you truly believe it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past, or if you know the conditions that must exist for you to accomplish it. Check with others to see how, what, and when they were able to do it. Being realistic will help you set goals in the future, and be assured you are capable of reaching them.

T can also stand for Tangible – A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing.

When your goal is tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.

For learn more about S.M.A.R.T Goals, check out: http://www.wikihow.com/Set-SMART-Goals

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Executive/Business Coach Sue Porter

Coach with Sue!

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Do you want to discover WHAT GOALS you should be setting? Timing is everything.  Make sure you’re doing the right thing, at the right time, in the right place!  HOW DO I DO THAT?  The first three people that contact Sue will receive a one time coaching appointment with her! She will intuitively guide you into the direction you need to take. Contact her today by emailing her at AccidentalLeader@comcast.net today!

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