Daily Thought 11/21/11: Setting Goals

What are you working towards? What do you ultimately want to accomplish both personally and professionally? In order to make sure we are spending our time in a meaningful way, it is imperative to set goals for accomplishments, improvements and productivity. A good leader will create a vision, but a great leader will create goals along the way to make sure failure is not an option. It is important to set long term and short term goals in everything you do to ensure success. Especially in a holiday week, having daily or weekly goals can help you stay focused on the task at hand.

One way of setting goals that has been very successful for me and individuals that I have worked with is the S.M.A.R.T. Goal:

  • Specific: What exactly are you going to do?
  • Measurable: How will you know for certain when you have achieved your goal?
  • Attainable: Can you accomplish this task?
  • Realistic: Is your end goal reasonable for the task and time given?
  • Timely: When will you achieve your goal?

Take anything you are striving for and ask those five questions. Once you break your goal down in this method you will have a very detailed outline to hold yourself to, leaving the last important piece of goal setting: accountability. What is a goal for you this week? Here is an example of mine:

Goal: Update this blog with a “Daily Thought” every day, Monday-Friday, and add one in depth “Study Post” by Friday.

  • Specific: 6 posts, outlined in different areas
  • Measurable: Absolutely, it will be easy to see if I accomplish this or not
  • Attainable: I have 1 DT already once this is published, so yes
  • Realistic: I think so
  • Timely: Yes, it will be clear by Friday if I have accomplished my goal or not
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4 thoughts on “Daily Thought 11/21/11: Setting Goals

  1. denvergoals says:

    Great post. Setting SMART goals is key if you want to accomplish anything. It’s my experience that a lot of people get stopped after they set their goals, though. They don’t know how to *achieve* the goals they’ve set.

    I personally use the EASIER Method to track my progress after I’ve set a SMART goal. EASIER stands for:


    If you want to read more about how to use the method, you can download a free e-book at http://denvergoals.wordpress.com – no need to give your email address, either. It’s my gift to the world.

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