I like to think of goal setting and achievement as the culminating steps in DOVOLUTION.
- What do I want to achieve?
- When do I want to achieve it by?
- How will I know when I am successful?
- Why do I want to do this?
- Who can help/support me during this?
Your goal may be related to self-care or even helping others. Or maybe you choose to follow a dream. No matter what, every successful goal addresses the questions above.
Have you heard of SMART goals? The definition of each letter varies from use to use. I have always know SMART as:
SMART goals have always been a part of K-12 education, and more than likely part of the HR experience. But for personal use, I want to do something a little different. Let’s line up SMART with our questions up top.
- Specific – What do I want to achieve?
- Measurable – How will I know when I am successful?
- Achievable – Who can help/support me during this?
- Relevant – Why do I want to do this?
- Time-bound – When do I want to achieve it by?
I get stuck when I try too hard to make my goal a single sentence. For example,
By Jan 2019, I will host 3 events per week working with kids at a park/trail, helping them to love nature and making obbservations.
I kept it to a single sentence. You know what I want to do and when I want to accomplish it by. But that doesn’t answer all of the questions. So we have to go back to the drawing board.
We have gone from a goal statement to a GOAL TABLE. Not sure about you, but my mind is slightly blown. This is just the start. This goal is by no means finished.
Before we move on to future steps, let’s set a goal. Let’s gently move through the process each Tuesday. What do you think?
So next Tuesday, we will look at just SPECIFIC – what do you want to achieve. We will even tear apart my suggestion above (it totally needs more details).
Go start a DOVOLUTION today! One for you, one for them, and work your goal ❤