I have a little bit of an advantage in coaching that I take from my other careers: instructional design, teaching, and teacher-training. I have worked for years with teachers to help them to think about and construct goals. These goals need to follow an old and very reliable formula that comes with a simple acronym to help people remember. That acronym is, of course SMART. Now, you can run and do a Wikipedia search for SMART goals, and they do a great treatment on it … but you’ll also see there is a bit of a conflict over what exactly this five-letter acronym denotes.
Here’s where the client-coach collaboration comes in. We can invent these for ourselves! So, here’s my proposal and explanation for what the acronym should stand for. Let’s start first with a generic goal that we can turn into a SMART goal.
‘I want to lose a lot of weight!’
That sounds noble, weight loss. That’s always one of my goals! I really should get a weight coach to help out with that one. But I digress. Let’s apply SMART once we get the concept down. The acronym is found, in detail, in this course. The ER comes at the end, as a bonus!
Hope this helps, and enjoy your learning!
What Will You Learn?
- Seven ways to plan goals and track progress
- Sensible strategies when things go off track
S = Specific which goes with the question ‘What is it I want to achieve?’
M = Measurable which goes with the question ‘How am I going to measure success??’
A = Achievable which goes with the question ‘Can I do it?’
R = Relevant which goes with the question ‘Is it worth it for me?’
T = Time-bound which goes with the question ‘By when should I achieve it?’
SMART in sum
E = Exciting which goes with the question Is this something that ‘sparks joy’ in my life?
R = Rewarding which goes with the question ‘Once I achieve my goal how will I reward myself?’
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