At Four Pillars Executives we stress setting goals for everyone in our office. These include goals for individuals, teams, and for the office as a whole. These goals are the motivation for each of us to do better every day. There are several ways to set effective goals, but we feel the following methods are the most beneficial for our office members.
Each goal that we set in our office must be SMART.
Specific: Making a goals specific mean clearly defining what exactly will be accomplished, who else will be involved, where it will take place, and why it is being set. The more specific a goal is, the easier it is to ascertain whether we accomplished it or not. A vague goal can lead to the feeling of reaching your goal, without actually doing so. An
example of a specific goal is, “Open my own office in a major city, and have enough money that I never have to wear the same pair of socks twice.”
Measurable: A goal is measurable when it answers the following questions. How you will know when you’ve succeeded, how much change needs to occur, and how many actions or accomplishment will it take to reach it. When a goal is measurable, it is simple to determine how to reach it, because there are defined requirements. To make the above goal measurable, we would rephrase it so it would read, “Open my own office in either North Carolina or Pennsylvania, and have enough money that I never have to wear the same pair of socks twice.”
Attainable: It is possible to see if a goal is attainable, if the resources to accomplish it are available to you, and it is not too far a stretch. In the goal above, opening an office in either North Carolina or Pennsylvania is possible if we are willing to put in enough effort, making it attainable
Relevant: A relevant goal is something that is worthwhile at this moment and meaningful to you with regards to your success. If opening our own office, in the above goal, is something important and meaningful to us, then it is a relevant goal. However, if doing so would keep us from reaching another goal that is more important, that goal is no longer relevant.
Time-Bound: Finally, every goal should be time-bound. This means that there is a defined end time that the goal should be accomplished by. This prevents it from being put off over long period of time. To make the above goal time bound, we would simply add an ending date to it. It would now read “Open my own office in either North Carolina or Pennsylvania by the age of twenty-five, and have enough money by age twenty-seven that I never have to wear the same pair of socks twice.”
By making every goal in our office SMART, we are more likely to accomplish each of our short, mid, and long term goals. As we continue to reach our goals, we encourage you to set daily goals and make them SMART. In doing this, you are more likely to grow and be successful!