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Goal setting: critical components for success

Posted: July 11, 2018

WhiteBeltNeverGaveUp Goal setting: critical components for success

Goal setting is critical to success.  If we don’t have a roadmap, so to speak, we really don’t know where we are going.

When we set goals, we always say they need to be SMART: Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based.

SMART Goals1 300x225 Goal setting: critical components for success

But let’s take that a step farther.  Goal setting in SMART format is actually creating an action plan that is part of a larger process.  That process starts with a vision of what you want to accomplish.  Once the vision is in place, we have to have other things as well, and they all have to be present in order for us to be successful.  Do we have the skills needed?  If not, learning those skills should be part of the action plan.  What is our incentive for attempting the project in the first place?  Do we need specific resources?  If so, acquiring them should also be part of the action plan.

When we put the process together, we actually wind up with this:

If we have all the components for success in place,    
then we will be successful at what we are trying to achieve.  
Even one missing item can have negative effects.  This is why planning  
out your goals in SMART format is so important!    
           
Vision Skills Incentive Resources Action Plan =SUCCESS!!
<Missing> Skills Incentive Resources Action Plan =CONFUSION
Vision <Missing> Incentive Resources Action Plan =ANXIETY
Vision Skills <Missing> Resources Action Plan =SLOW CHANGE
Vision Skills Incentive <Missing> Action Plan =FRUSTRATION
Vision Skills Incentive Resources <Missing> =FALSE STARTS

As has been said before:  those who plan for success, succeed.  Setting SMART goals and making sure that all the components for success are present forces you to focus on the vision and refine it down into the specific objective you are trying to achieve.  That focus allows you to eliminate dead ends and wasted time, and keeps you on the straight and narrow path to success!