Do you help others achieve goals? Don’t leave out two key aspects for success!
Coaches, managers, teachers and parents, you are probably familiar with setting SMART goals (S-specific, M-measured, A-achievable, R-relevant, T-timed). But are you aware of the two primary problems with setting SMART goals?
First, goals are typically task oriented, which misdirects focus on a task rather than the experience of achieving a task. Often times, when a goal is achieved, there is a letdown because there was disconnect between our “goal” and the resulting outcome.
Second, goals induce a fear of the F-word—FAILURE because success of a SMART goal is based on whether it is or it is not accomplished. True success is actually built upon a series of feedback. (Want to know more about how to avoid the F-word, check out my next entry.)
Set SMARTER Goals where the “E” is for ecological, which means whether the goal fits with all other aspects of a person’s life. Do you know of anyone who had a “goal” to be successful at work only lose their family because they were never home?
Here’s the key: “R” stands for Result is an OUTCOME. An outcome is the experience, including learned lessons and memories, from accomplishing a task or goal. Targeting an outcome presupposes that feedback is a normal and expected part of achieving an outcome, which means you are more likely to be persistent to get your desired results.
Make your outcome help others to level-up by guiding them to set SMARTER goals!
As always, I wish you the best to make each day count!~Tyke