When setting a goal using S.M.A.R.T. goals model makes the most sense to use; especially for those of you who need help with structure. SMART goals were developed by George Doran back in 1981. The SMART goals model has certain criteria which helps in setting objectives needed to reach desired outcomes in relations to your goal(s). The acronym S.M.A.R.T. stands for the following:
Specific – your goals should be clearly written down and specific. Example: You don’t set your goal to graduate college as an example. You set your goal to graduate college by June 2020 (as an example). Specific date as far as month and year.
Measurable – ALL goals need to be measurable. How are you going to measure your progress? Using the same example as above; if you are in college you would have your grades to tell you how you’re doing. You also have professors and student advisors that will keep you on track as long as you do the work.
Achievable – all goals to be achievable must be REALISTIC. Your goal(s) should push your own personal limits; however, you also need to clearly define your goal. To realize your goals you MUST possess the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) needed to achieve your goal(s).
Results – all goals need to be result-focused. Goals are all about proper planning, measuring, and finally realizing your desired outcomes.
Time-bound – goals need to be time-bound or linked to a specific deadline. Going back to my previous example of going to college; I told you that you need a date/year when you either want or need to complete your goal by. There needs to be a sense of urgency or utter importance. Otherwise, if you don’t feel your goal is that important you more than likely we never give it 100% of your abilities. In other words, you’re cheating yourself of your potential. The timeframe is necessary especially for those of you who tend to be procrastinators or are laggards.
Achieving one’s goals involves an array of skills and attributes; and what I believe to be the best formula for success is implementing Cicchino’s Five D’s of Goal Achievement © 2010. The five D’s are as follows:
Dedication, Devotion, Discipline, Determination, and Direction. If you have all five of these characteristics and attributes working in concert you will always meet or exceed your goals.
Achieving goals is a direct reflection of one’s character or lack thereof, and ability to do what many people will not do or can not do. More importantly, your goals should align with a worthy purpose for either work, school, or for your personal life.
“If you believe in yourself, have confidence, and are aware of your abilities and skills then nothing should ever prevent you from achieving your goals.” Dr. Nick C. Cicchino © 2018
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar
Dr. Nick C. Cicchino © 2018
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