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SMART Goals

Saturday, October 01, 2011

OK….So it’s October 1st new month. I woke up this morning ready to conquer the day. I really have been focusing on my battle plan for the month and what would be good goals to set for myself. I work as a mentor at StarTek. Basically my job entails me working with agents and helping them come up with a good action plan in order to become the best agent they can possibly be. We do this by setting what we call SMART goals. For some of you out there I’m sure you know and understand these types of goals since they are getting pretty big right now in the workforce. I am even taken some college courses and there was a whole chapter on these goals. What I can say is that we saw a dramatic increase in the success of our agents after implementing these goals so I know that they work.

So anyways, I woke up this morning and got to thinking….”I’ve never really set any of these goals for myself.” Which in my opinion is kinda messed up. I’m all for practicing what you’re preaching. Here I am preaching these SMART goals to hundreds of my agents bur NEVER set one for myself. Well, I’m making some life style changes in my life right now so it’s a perfect time to set a SMART goal for myself.

I’m going to explain what exactly a SMART goal is and that way if anyone of you out there want to set one in order to succeed you have a really good foundation to base it off of.

SMART goals is just a very specific, detailed goal
S=Specific, M=Measurable, A=Attainable, R=Relevant, T=Time bound. Simple right?

Well….Mostly yes, however one thing that I have seen many times is when we think specific we think that well, I want to lose 60 pounds by September of 2012. That is specific but it really doesn’t tell you how you’re going to get there. In setting these goals try to be even more specific than that. Think about it what is your goal, and what are the steps you are going to take in order to attain this goal. When we think measurable we think pounds lost right? Well, yes and no on that one also. Measurable also is going to include your check point steps. Attainable is going to be your commitment to the goal. Relevant is why the goal is important. And time-bound means this is when you are going to look at your goal again. It’s important that you are going to work on achieving your goal by the desired date but the SMART goal is not a failure if you don’t reach your goal 100% The time-bound will allow you to stop at a certain point and reavulate your goal. Did you achieve your goal? If not did you take the right steps? Is there something else that you can or should be doing to achieve this goal? Maybe you just need a little more time. I’m going to set my goal and put it in here. Hopefully this will be a great example for any of you who also want to set a SMART goal.

S=Specific
My goal is to lose 60 pounds by September of 2012. I will obtain this by going to the gym no less than three times a week , and making sure that I am tracking my eating habits on a daily bases.

M=Measurable
This will be measured by the pounds lost that I achieve. I will weigh myself on a week basis. I will also make sure that every time I go to the gym I will track it on my colander to ensure that I am meeting each one of my goals.

A=Attainable
This is an attainable goal for me as long as I stay on track and focus daily on this goal. I am commited to losing 60 pounds by September 2012!

R=Relevant
This goal is relevant because I need to lose weight in order to be healthy. Being overweight can put me at risk for some major health concerns. I also want to have the enegery to live an active lifestyle. I don't want to miss doing things with my friends and family becuase I am unable to do so because of my weight

T=Time-Bound
On September 1, 2012 I will re-evaluate this goal. I will look at my current weight loss. If I have met this goal I will re-set a new one. If I have not met this goal I will look and see if the steps I am taking is working for me. If they are I will continue on with this goal and reset the time-bound date. If the steps that I am taking are not providing the desired results I will alter this goal to fit accordingly.

So here is my SMART goal. I’m really happy to have a focus on what I’m striving for. I hope that this also motivates some of you to set some of your own SMART goals. Have a wonderful Day!!!
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  • NICK9966
    Fantastic goial setting. I also use SMART goals emoticon
    2881 days ago
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