Day 22 of 31 days to Creating Your Inspiring Personal Plan for 2012
Congratulations, you have reached the final step in preparing the material that will be assembled into the plan that you will share with your Board of Advisors. Tomorrow, I will share a template for assembling your package. You will then let it sit for a day while you just reflect on that you have created, before sending out your plan to your Board. While your Board is reviewing your plan, you will be transforming your plan into a powerful action plan and putting in place the support that will assure your success in 2012.
Let’s get on with this one additional step needed for the material going to your Board. Over the last week, you have developed a set of powerful strategies for accelerating moving from wherever you are to a place more in keeping with your compelling Vision. Now, you need to shape each of your strategies into a corresponding goal for 2012. To do so, you will use the SMART Goal approach that coaches and consultants have long advocated as the most effective way of creating goals that companies or individuals are most likely to actually achieve.
“SMART” is an acronym that describes the characteristics that any kind of goal should have if it is to be an effective catalyst for action. Various coaches and consultants have suggested different characteristics for each of the five letters, but similarities between these different views are much greater than the differences. Over my 25+ years of consulting work with leading companies, I have subscribed to the following five elements for setting effective goals.
S = specific
M = measurable
A = action based
R = realistic
T = timeframe
You will increase the likelihood of your achieving any goal when you frame the goal using the SMART acronym, that is when the goal is specific, measurable, action based, realistic, and time based. The order of these elements within a goal statement is not important. It is the presence of all five elements that is very, very important.
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