Are you a goal setter? Do you spend time reflecting about where you want to be and what you want to be doing in a month,six months, a year or five years? Most of us fall into one of two categories: We either set a target and work hard to hit the bulls eye or we live life as it comes and every once in a while we celebrate by drawing our own bulls eye on wherever we happen to be. SMART goals, when followed correctly, can get you on track to accomplish tasks in a logical progression.
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there. ”
How to Make SMART Goals
If you have dreams and are willing to work to make them happen, then you have to make SMART goals.
When you are setting your goals, it is no time to be fuzzy. The more clearly you can define exactly where you want to be and what you want to be doing in a set amount a time the more hope you will have of achieving your goals.
Two questions have to be able to be answered in the process of achieving your goals: How will I know I am making progress? How will I know when I reach the goal? Smart goal setting includes the plan to mark off milestones along the way.
Before you can launch out toward your dream, you really need to take the time to think logically about it. This doesn’t mean you just have to think small, but it does mean that you have to have the means of acquiring the resources necessary to move forward.
Do your goals fit with all the other factors in your life? You can’t be a marine biologist and live in a land locked state. Is your pursuit congruent with your family needs? Smart goals make sense when surrounded by other life and cultural factors.
Goals need deadlines. You should have a general sense about how long each segment in the process should take. Without a sense of timeliness, there is no pressure to reevaluate and regroup.
Like Will Rodgers indicated above, its not enough to be on the right tract, you’ve got to be moving toward a goal or else others are going to roll right over you. You’ve got what it takes to make SMART goals.
Author: Rich Stevenson
Rich Stevenson leads a network of young leaders investing in church planting and missions around the globe (www.malachinetwork.org). He has authored 5 books, including Secrets of the Spiritual Life and A Voice from Home. For more information visit: www.richstevenson.org.