KUSA – It’s a new year and a great time to set new goals whether personal or professional.
“It’s really important to set annual goals. They motivate us, and they keep us enthusiastic about our lives. But, if we don’t break them up into quarterly goals, they can feel really overwhelming.” executive coach with Life In Balance, Stephanie Wachman said. “Breaking them into quarterly goals that are obtainable and that will help us gain momentum as we move forward toward the greater goal.”
How to realistically accomplish your goals
Wachman says never to make resolutions, rather make goals and make them often. A special acronym Wachman says to keep in mind while setting new goals is the SMARTER acronym.
“The SMARTER acronym is really broken down into five categories. You want to be Specific, Measurable, you want those goals to be Attainable, Realistic and most importantly, Exciting and at Reach. They shouldn’t be too easy and they should make you a little anxious and nervous because that’s what makes them so powerful,” Wachman said.
“It’s all about the concentration, the focus, and it all goes back to the training,”
Inspiration comes in all forms. How often do we achieve a lofty goal like getting an MBA, a promotion, running a marathon, graduating from college only to find ourselves without future goals? So what happens? Absolutely nothing! People in all ranks of business simply get stuck where they are with their biggest annual goal, perhaps to go on a vacation.
If you ever wonder why some people are more focused, positive and confident, chances are they are goal setters. By setting goals and developing a plan to stick to them, accomplishments are achieved. Each accomplishment moves us forward and like interest in a bank, adds more and more confidence to our personal bank accounts.
I recently watched Nick Wallenda, a tight rope walker cross the Niagara Falls. He said it was his biggest dream to conquer. In order to achieve this goal he had to train, build a customized tight rope, obtain legal approval in 2 countries and get sponsorship.
If Nick Wallenda can dream a dream so great and achieve it, what can you do?
The SMARTERgoal™ system is designed to help you get started on your own lofty goal.
1) Specific: Have a specific goal in mind.
2) Measurable: Make sure you can work towards achieving that goal.
3) Attainable: The goal needs to be something you have the power to do.
4) Realistic: Ask yourself if it is really possible to achieve your goal.
5) Timely: (MOST IMPORTANT) Set a time limit as to when you want to achieve the goal and find a way to be held accountable to it.
6) Exciting: A goal should be exciting and boost your spirits.
7) Reach: A really good goal should make you stretch your abilities, even scare you a bit and take you out of your comfort zone.
Nick Wallenda had a huge dream, he met all the criteria of a SMARTERgoal™. His accomplishment in crossing the Niagara Falls was exciting and in a statement to Canadian customs agents, he said, “The purpose of my journey was to inspire people around the world to follow their dream.”
His next big Goal, crossing the Grand Canyon
Stephanie Wachman, Executive Coach, www.stephaniewachman.com, 720-232-3693
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