Smart Goal Setting for 2010

January 7th, 2010

by Colleen Flood*

smart goal setting conceptMy nine year old son came home from swim team practice the other day with a print out of his best times and an assignment to set a goal to improve on each.  His first attempt at putting his goals on paper read like this: “I will do better than 44.84 on my 50 yard backstroke.”  “That’s great,” I told him, but then asked, “How much better?”  I guided him to set specific, tangible numbers and explained that he wanted to reach his goals so they must also be realistic.

We all know goals are essential to success in our lives.  Both personally and professionally we utilize goals to keep us moving forward.  As we see from my son’s assignment, both children and grownups need goals to stay on track.

After helping him complete his little assignment (which he wrote down and taped on his water bottle) I started thinking about my own personal and professional goals.  Are they big enough for the year ahead?  Are they focused?  Are they reachable?  Most important, are they written down and taped up where I can see them each day?  I decided to reevaluate my goals with a technique I learned about a year ago when BurrellesLuce had Martin Riesenberg, author of How to Stop Whining and Start Winning and life coach, instruct our sales staff on goal setting.  He advised our team to write down our goals – if we think it, ink it!  Martin also suggested the SMART method of goal setting:

Specific:  Be unambiguous as to exactly what it is you want to achieve.

Measurable:  Reaching your goals is  a step-by-step process.  Be sure to assess your goals on a regular basis to see if they align with your objectives.

Attainable:  Make your goals realistic – like I explained to my son, don’t set your goals so high that you won’t reach them. You might even consider breaking larger goals down into more manageable and achievable chunks.

Relevant:  Does your goal have significance in your personal or professional life? In Business is it aligned with your overall business objective?

Time Frame:  When do you want to achieve your goal?  Write the date down on paper.

Goals are very powerful and can help you change things that are not working in your personal or professional life or serve as positive reinforcement for those things that are working. By the way, my son beat his breast stroke goal by 3 seconds!  He was so pleased with his accomplishment. 

My goals for the New Year are going to be SMART.  How do you set goals?

*Bio: Colleen Flood has been a sales consultant with BurrellesLuce for over 12 years and is eager to become a more integrated part of the social-public relations community. She primarily handles agency relations in the New York and New Jersey metro-area. She is not only passionate about work, but also about family, friends, and the Jersey Shore. Twitter: @cgflood LinkedIn: Colleen Flood Facebook: BurrellesLuce

15 Responses to “Smart Goal Setting for 2010”

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  2. Nick Lucido says:

    Great thoughts! I liked that you highlighted the attainability factor of goals. I know I sometimes set goals too high for myself, so that is important to remember.

    Also, I try set one goal at a time. I find it’s much more attainable to focus on just one thing. If you try to overshoot and work on three or four things, you can get distracted and lose focus.

    Good luck on your 2010 goals!

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  4. Colleen Flood says:

    Nick, thank you for your comments. I totally agree you must focus and not work on too many goals – it can get overwhelming. Good luck to you too on your focused goals!

  5. Colleen Flood says:

    Andy, thank you for you response regarding goals. I too am interested in fitness and health and have set a goal for it. Thanks for providing info on the site you have set up – I’ll check it out. Good luck on achieving your goals!

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  8. Susan says:

    Great! I’m a visual person and the post-its will be going on my wall!

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