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Goal Setting the SMART Way

Goal setting is a task that is often overlooked until the New Year, when people decide to set resolutions. However, these resolutions are nothing more than wishes and are far from what we would call “goals”. Hence these “so called” goals have very little chance of being realized. Just ask any fitness club owner when the greatest number of sign-ups occur and when the greatest number of drop-outs occur. Clearly, these “resolutions” don’t work! So just what does work? When it matters and you really want to accomplish your task, you will want to use tried and true goal setting techniques. Among the more successful methods is the SMART method of setting goals. SMART=Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Time-sensitive. Goal setting starts with making sure that your goals are indeed SMART. Let’s examine this briefly shall we. A goal cannot be something general. It must be substantial and detailed. The goal must answer the questions who, what, where, when, how, and why. As an example, if your goal is to get a raise, this is not specific enough and doesn’t meet our criteria. If your goal is to get a 10% raise within 6 months, this is specific. Measurable means exactly that. Your goal must be able to be measured or quantified. In the above example, a raise is not quantifiable, but a 10% raise is definitely quantifiable because the 10% number can be counted and verified. A goal is attainable when it is realistic or feasable given your skills and resources. If you wish to be a pilot in 2...

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