Highlights of Episode 32
- Why creating S-M-A-R-T goals doesn’t automatically make meaningful or resonant goals
- The secret to holding on and maintaining the commitment and motivation to work on your goals thru-out the year
- The reason why we set goals to begin with
- What it means when you set too many goals
- The problem with the mandatory annual-goal setting process at work and how to make it work for yourself
- The low-hanging fruits approach and why it may not be good for your self-confidence
Happy New Year. I wish you a successful 2018, with your goals met and dreams turned to fruition, or at least on their road to fruition. And I commit to being here–thru this podcast–to support your journey.
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Setting goals for the new year is a common enough practice. For thousands of companies around the world, annual planning and goal-setting is a mandatory process. And many of us have incorporated some version of this exercise into our personal lives as well.
Maybe because it is such a common practice that we don’t think about it all that much. We know how to do this, right?
Chances are, you’re familiar with the S M A R T guidelines when it comes to setting goals.
We’ve been taught to create goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound.
With the S-M-A-R-T guidelines deeply ingrained in our heads, we sit down determined to come up with our very own smart goals. We come out at the other end proud to have come up with a list of goals. We start the year excited and pumped and psyched.
And then, something odd happens.
That excitement fades. We lose steam.
At some point during the year—for some, as soon as February—we disconnect with many of the goals.
Why didn’t the magic last? Why couldn’t we hold on to the excitement and commitment that we felt when we first came up with our goals list?
There could be any number of reasons, from lack of accountability, to need of a better time management, to self-discipline, to lack of motivation. The list goes one.
Often though, these are not the real issue. The culprit usually is the goal or goals themselves.
Here’s one thing I’ve learned—from my own experiences as well as from decades of working with companies and individuals on goal-setting.
Crafting SMART goals doesn’t automatically make them meaningful, resonant, or relevant. It takes more than making them specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound.
For starters, there are some landmines we need to avoid. And that’s what we cover in this episode.
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