Forget SMART goals

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