How Effective Are You At Setting Goals?

So, How Effective Are You At Setting Goals?

Setting goals are definitely one of those areas where you need to be extremely efficient, effective and excited moving forward.

When was the last time that you spent some considerable amount of time creating an important or exciting goal for you personally or professionally? how effective are you at setting goals

From my experience either personally or watching others, I have witnessed some great examples of goal setting and some really poor examples of setting goals.

Most of you will know the S.M.A.R.T. way of setting a goal and this is still a great way of setting goals, but I am still more interested in your results.

I bet most of you have had poor results and how do I know that, because of industry statistics. I suppose that most people set goals poorly and do not follow through.

You can set simple goals such as, “I am going to run 1 mile 5 days of next week.”  First of all is that a good enough goal? Well, it depends on the person and how they interact with their own goals. Personally, I would need some more details because that previous example sounds like a new years resolution.

It also strikes me as if the person hasn’t really thought their goal through. What do I mean by that? Well, when you set a really big goal such as, “I am going to run the London Marathon on the 19th April 1986.” you can afford to say that you are going to run 5 days a week.

If I were setting the goal of running 1 mile for 5 days in that week. I would need to ask myself five questions:-

1. Is my goal specific enough?

 I would need to know exactly where I was running, what time and what day etc

2. Can my goal be measured?

 I would look at the distance I was running and the time it would take me.

3. Is this goal attainable for me?

 I would have looked at my fitness levels and made the right decision.

4. Is this goal relevant?

 I would need to be happy that the goal was my goal and relevant to me.

5. Does the goal fit in with my timing?

 I would need to ensure the goal fitted into my time schedule.

Now obviously if the goal was to run the London Marathon in, let’s say a 1-year time frame. Then the planning has to be more precise. I, in fact, did this and trained over a two year period and I had each day worked out (730 days). Now would you need to go to this extreme? I don’t know, I think it depends on the size of your goal and what is required.

I found this on the internet when I was researching goals and I grabbed part of the website/article.

The acronym SMART has a number of slightly different variations, which can be used to provide a more comprehensive definition for goal setting:

S – specific, significant, stretching

M – measurable, meaningful, motivational

A – agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented

R – realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented

T – time-based, timely, tangible, trackable

This provides a broader definition that will help you to be successful in both your business and personal life.

When you next run a project take a moment to consider whether your goals are SMART goals.

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I hope this has been a helpful blog entry and I want to say this. When you are setting any kind of a goal or setting goals generally, make it worthwhile and show some respect for the project and yourself. Do not enter into this arena lightly.

To Your Success

Paul Bursey


How effective are you at setting goals?