We work together to help YOU to establish some goals that you hope or want or need to achieve some time in the near or hopefully not-too-distant future.
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.
What Will You Learn?
- - Prioritize and set goals
- - Focus on achievability
S = Specific which goes with the question ‘What is it I want to achieve?’
A lot! A little. Some. A whole bunch.
Which one is specific?
M = Measurable which goes with the question ‘How am I going to measure it?’
A proper scale
A = Achievable which goes with the question ‘Can I do it?’
Achievable means REASONABLE and FINISHABLE
No really. FINISH what you start, so make it so you can finish!
What does it mean ‘achievable’?
R = Relevant which goes with the question ‘Is it worth it for me?’
T = Time-bound which goes with the question ‘By when can I do it?’
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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