As you are well aware, many people set goals and New Year’s resolutions every year and few achieve them. While you may have come across copious advice on goal setting, read on for something with a different perspective…
“Hell isn’t merely paved with good intentions; it’s walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too.”
There are books galore on setting smart goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Frankly, I’d be amazed if most people reading this article hadn’t heard of them. That’s not what I mean by truly smart goals though.
I’d like you to put all that to one side for a while and instead focus on the following steps. Once you’ve decided what you want (the topic of at least one other article I’m sure!) you simply need to do two things:
1. Decide where you add the most value to achieving your smart goals
Look at the different ways that you (and your team) can add the most value. Consider strengths and weaknesses, skills, experience, what you actually want to spend your time doing. Ask yourself the question, how can I help others be most effective that will result in me achieving my smart goal?
Where can we add value by being innovative using Dynamo talents? Where can we add value through timing, through the where and the when with people who have Tempo profiles? What are the products and services that will make the most difference to those you serve?
What structures are already in place that will make this easier to achieve? What structures could you put in place if they’re not there? A structure could be a rhythm and routine of meetings, tapping into people’s talents, using the resources that you already have and/or simply believing that the smart goals are achievable.
This is all about you discovering your path of least resistance.
2. Leverage this value effectively
How can you then leverage this value through systems and processes? Get those more data and detail oriented Steel energy people on the case. For example, this could be mapping out effective processes to get repetitive tasks done or it could be using websites for distribution.
How could you leverage this value through people bringing Blaze energy into play? Think about your team, communication within the team and just as importantly with others. Who can sell the idea? Who can be your advocates or affiliates? Who else could you deliver this value to so that you’re not constantly reinventing the wheel?
Write down the activities that need to take place for these two steps and you have the outline of a plan to achieve what you want.
A final word on smart goals
In some instances you may wish to do the two steps above and let the smart goals fall out of that process… This is because this approach allows you to look at truly creating what you want and what you will be great at creating. You may well find that suddenly what you’re looking to create is much bigger than you have ever done before! Traditional goal setting can be limited at times by past experience and learning.
This knowledge by the way, is incredibly vital for people’s sustainable wellbeing. According to Robert Fritz in ‘The Path of Least Resistance”, being empowered to create often is where humanity rises to the challenge. The fulfillment enjoyed by those who create what they want knows no bounds. When you understand how to add value, and leverage that value effectively, then you’re pretty much giving yourself a get out of jail card for the majority of situations in your life.
Fritz says that where evil and bad things flourish it is always where people don’t feel able to create. Think about areas of poverty where people feel they have no control over what happens. Think about employees who’ve given up from frustration. Increase your levels of creation and help those around you to do the same – you may be amazed at the incredible difference this could make…
Now that’s what I call Smart Goals!