You’ve most likely heard a Dr. Seuss poem in your early life, and maybe the following lines are reminiscent:
“You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go”
(Dr. Seuss “Oh The Places You’ll Go”)
Dr. Suess makes the point that applies to how you get motivated – you have the ability to take control and steer yourself on the course of your choosing.
As you begin a new year, you set goals, but how effective are they? Are they “setting your course” and moving you in the direction you want to go? Effective goals are:
Specific: state clearly what you intend to accomplish.
Measurable: state the timeline or at what point will it be done.
- Attainable: possible, achievable and within your reach.
- Time-bound: the target date you expect to complete the goal.
When you set S.M.A.R.T goals, you follow the above criteria. In order to implement them, it involves creating a plan. “Life’s a great balancing act” according to Dr. Seuss, and when you plan with intention and focus, you are able to balance all your priorities.
Let’s get S.M.A.R.T. Share with me your ideas on how to be more successful in following through on your plans. I will gather the results and post them here.
Set your goals, plan your actions and stay focused – Great success to you!