How To Smartly Test Your Goals
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Understanding and setting SMART goals is great. But how do you text them overtime? We will list in this blog some tips to help you work through a testing process to see if they are SMART goals. It is always important once you’ve come up with some goals for your personal and professional life, to test them.
Putting your goals through the following test will guide you when you’re creating your goal statements. Each question will allow assessing the strengths of the goals as you are answering them.
Read all the way to the end, as we have laid out at the end of the blog homework for you on your goals, either personal or professional.
Are your goals detailed, and how?
Can you detail them even more?
With what I wish to accomplish, Can I be more specific?
Are your results measurable over the time period, in quantity or distance, in dollars?
Do you have a clear idea of how you can measure the outcomes?
Can the results be measured often, and how often?
Is reaching this outcome possible for me?
Are you prepared and have what is needed to reach the results?
Will the goal be achieved in the short-term or long-term?
Is there consistency between your goal and your values as well as your overall vision for my life?
What is the level of priority of the goal for you, and can you focus on it right now?
Do you see the goal as a primary or secondary goal?
What is the time frame for this goal?
Is the timing reasonable?
Is the time frame manageable?
Let's list some examples of SMART goals compared to non actionable goals.
Non Actionable Goal
I want to write a book.
I will write a book on marketing research that is at least 200 pages in length. I will have the first draft completed by January 23rd, 2005. I’ll keep a commitment to writing at least three pages each day during the time where the artistic part of my brain is fully productive until I finish.
Within three years, I will become a millionaire. I will start my own small business marketing agency. I will position my expertise as a public speaker with engagements worldwide. I will create a source of passive income to supplement that income.
Non Actionable Goal
I want to be really wealthy.
I will double my income to $100,000 within 18 months by starting an internet marketing business.
Non Actionable Goal
I will love to become a millionaire in 6 months.
Your goals have room to grow and change with you on a regular basis, so you need to review and revise them.
Goals have the potential to grow, change, like everything in business. They evolve based on circumstances beyond our control and unpredictable. It will be wise to set up a schedule for reviewing and potentially revising your goals. Do this, depending on the length of the goal – daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly.
In your goal-setting process, build this review period and schedule times to review your goals and take stock of your progress. So, a rule thumb will be for a goal time frame within One Week, Two Weeks, One Month, Three Months, Six Months, One Year, Five Years, 10 Years; you will respectively review Daily, Weekly, Weekly, Monthly, Monthly, Monthly, Yearly, Yearly.
Now it’s your turn to create at least 18 SMART goals of your own and work through the goal-setting process.
Work through the following steps Using the four worksheet packages available here, to create 18 SMART business and personal goals.
TIP: Don’t hesitate to involve your team members in this great exercise. Have them work through the steps for more discoveries.
These worksheets will help you work through a personal visioning process since you’ve already worked through a business visioning process. The two visions can be combined in the last two worksheets, and you can set your goals in one place.
Think big about your future journey and your success using the information you discovered in the Personal Values worksheets, and use the Personal Inventory questionnaire. Can you imagine what your dreams are for yourself and for your business?
Write down three both for personal and business goals for each of the time frames below using the SMART principle described in this blog, plus the personal and business visions that you have created:
Six months, twelve months, five years.
Keep in mind that these goals should support your personal or your business vision.
Create an action plan for each of the 18 goals. This will include but not limited to steps to take, milestones to note, potential obstacles to overcome, and other information that will help you as you work to achieve the goal.
Visual being important of the mind, put your goals in a visible place where you can see and be reminded of them on a regular basis. You may wish to place business goals in your place of work, and personal goals on your desk or at your computer.
You’ve now completed the only envisioning and goal-setting process you will need on your journey as a business owner, a professional, or just for your personal life.
We hope you’re getting really excited about the future potential of your business, and the power you have in you to achieve the vision and goals you have set.
Look up our next blogs to strengthen and lay the groundwork for your business growth. We will cover in our coming blog marketing strategies that are really going to transform your vision into reality. Remember to leave us comments and share with us how these tips are helping you. Contact Us if you need support to build the foundation of your business and life.
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