Start S.M.A.R.T!

By Darren Jacobs

Goal setting is a task many of us were asked to do from a very young age. With our eyes set on the skies, there was no limit to our goals and dreams. “I want to be a doctor!”, “I want to own 10 supercars!”, “I want to live in a mansion!” as the teacher went around the room. Then, with age, we become wiser and start to lower our gaze. We lower it a bit more until the path is filled with fog.

Stranded in the fog with no Google Maps to guide us, getting to those goals and dreams can be a daunting task for some. But fear not: At the Academy of Life Coaching, we practice a timeless technique that has helped many achieve victory.

The first known use of the term was by George T. Doran in the 1980s. The acronym is “S.M.A.R.T!” Used for business purposes, it was a guiding criterion to achieve goals and objectives. Since then, it has gone through minor adaptions but still shared the same meaning, and it was discovered that one could apply to individuals.

As life coaches, we are taught to have a toolbox full of resources to help clients with whatever they need at any time. With a bag full of hammers, spanners, and wrenches, the most commonly used tool is the S.M.A.R.T. criteria for goal setting. Though using the original criteria would work just fine, at the Academy of Life Coaching we adopted the S.M.A.R.T.I.E criteria to add a bit more motivation. So let’s get that pen and paper out to figure out how you too can achieve your victory!

Follow the steps below:

S-Specific(Write down exactly what you want to achieve.)

E.g “I would love to have a White Golf 2022 8 GTI.””

M – Measurable  (Ensure that you measure your progress.)

E.g “I will be able to measure my progress by the amount of money I save for the deposit.

A-Achievable (You need to be able to achieve this goal.)

E.g “I will be able to achieve this goal, providing I continue to save money.”

R – Responsible (You are responsible for your own goals.)

E.g “I accept all the responsibility and consequences that come with achieving this goal.

T – Time-frame (You need to do it within a specified time frame.)

E.g “I will have enough money to buy a car by December 1st, 2022.

I – Inspiring “Does it inspire yourself and others?”

E.g “It has always been my dream car growing up. It would mean the world to me and, hopefully, inspire everyone around me to know that they can work towards their dream car. “

E – Emotion Is it filled with emotions?

E.g ” Driving the car would fill my heart with joy and happiness, knowing that I had achieved my dream.”

Following these seven guidelines on an A4 page may seem small. However, by doing so, you are thinking about and developing a practical plan for achieving your goal. Now all that is left to do is carpe diem.

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