Good Goal Setting
There are all sorts of mnemonics out there to help you achieve your goals. SURE for specific, understand what’s involved, realistic, and enthusiastic. Or, SMART for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and tangible. Somehow these don’t cut it if you’re after bigger fish than a better exercise schedule. So, I, less sure and smart, offer the following formed from my own school of hard knocks.
1. Never set out alone. Share – it lightens the load and adds incentive to not quitting easily.
2. Being vulnerable and humble are winning qualities off of Wall Street. Our educational programs, requiring one big goal every few years, are not necessarily great training for the real world.
3. Pick reasonable timelines. I like goals in the 3-9 month range.
4. Stick to a few goals.
5. Try to be both practical and inspirational.
6. Make your goals considerate of others at home and at work.
7. Have at least one goal that incorporates unhinging yourself from your past.
8. Take a chance.
9. Expect and embrace the unexpected. Great things can come along, if you’re open to the possibilities.
10. Revisit your goals regularly to avoid the perils of aimless drifting.