We’re goal-oriented professionals, and we often discuss ways for us to help each other achieve objectives during Evolution MPC meetings. One of the best strategies we’ve found for consistently hitting our targets is using the SMART acronym for achievement, which stands for setting goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
While this is not the only goal-setting method we’ve heard of, it’s one of the most effective. It takes a one-time event – the realization of an objective – and turns it into a behavioral system. For instance, for those who want to earn promotions as goals for the coming year, the application of SMART might look something like this.
First, we’d get specific with our desires, and identify exactly the Evolution MPC roles for which we are striving. We would also consider the responsibilities of the new positions and compare them to what we’re currently doing, identifying all areas where we need to learn something new or improve an existing competency.
Then, we’d set measurable action steps to help us get from where we are to where we want to be. “Every day, I will…” leads to, “Every week, I will…” and so on, all the while giving us criteria by which to monitor progress. Then we consider if what we’re trying to accomplish is achievable, or if we should aim elsewhere. Likewise, this is the right place to make sure our goals are relevant to what we’re hoping to achieve in our careers.
Finally, we give ourselves deadlines. Making the accomplishment of our goal time-bound gives us a sense of urgency and puts positive pressure on us to follow our action steps consistently.
Turning a goal into a system increases your chances for success. Friend Evolution MPC on Newswire for more of our achievement strategies.