How SMART Are your Goals

January is just around the corner and have you given thought to your business goals for 2011?  Every year I create my vision board for what I want my business to accomplish in the coming year.  My vision board has both business and personal goals.  I then post it in my office so I can see it every day.  This is a constant reminder for me as to what I am working towards.  If we don’t know what we are working towards how will we know if we get there or accomplish what we set out to?  I create a list of all the goals I want to work on, and then I priortize the list.  What is really important to me and the bigger question is Why is this important to me?  What will happen if I can accomplish this goal or what happens if I fall short?

I use the A.I.M  S.M.A.R.T process to make sure I can break down each goal into manageable pieces so I can see and track my progress on a regular basis.

When creating goals determine your A.I.M. What is the Acceptable or least you could do? What is the Ideal or maximum you could do? Then what is the Middle or realistic for you to accomplish?  Once you have determined your AIM now we move onto the S.M.A.R.T.

S = Specific, your goal needs to be as specific as possible it needs to be broken down. If its to vague you will have a harder time breaking it down. For example if your goal is to lose weight this could be to vague.  Instead a more specific goal is to lose 10 pounds.

M – Measureable, how will you quantify success? Again be as specific as possible here.

A = Achievable, this would be answered with a yes or no and why.

R = Reasonable, can you accomplish your goal at this time? is there any roadblock to stopping you, if so identify and determine if it can be removed.

T = Time Oriented, what is the time frame to complete the goal, ensure it’s realistic.

Using a repeatable method for setting goals will allow to be more successful in reaching your goals.  Start applying the AIM SMART method to any goal and I would love to hear your about your progress.

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