When we set our goals, let’s use the SMART goal setting methodology so we set realistic goals that we can achieve because we have properly thought through the best way to plan them and achieve them. You know I how I feel about New Years’ resolutions, because at this point, most people have given up on them since they had no solid foundation in being achieved. Let’s plan out goals that make sense for us.
1. SMART goal setting is a method of setting goals that is widely used in business and organizations. The acronym SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. These five criteria are used to ensure that goals are well-defined and achievable.
2. Specific: A specific goal has a clear target or outcome that is well defined. It should answer the questions of what, why and how
3. Measurable: A measurable goal can be quantified or tracked in some way. This allows for progress to be monitored and the goal's achievement to be evaluated.
4. Achievable: The goal should be realistic and attainable. It should be something that can be achieved with the resources and capabilities available.
5. Relevant: A relevant goal is one that aligns with the overall objectives and mission of the organization or individual.
6. Time-bound: A goal should have a specific deadline for completion. This creates a sense of urgency and helps to focus efforts towards achieving the goal.
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Last episode, I talked about goal setting for 2023. And that I want you to be bold this year. That's bold. B believe Oh overcome, l leadership and D decisive. When we set our goals, let's use the SMART Goal Setting methodology. So we set realistic goals that we can achieve, because we have properly thought through the best way to plan them, and achieve them. You know how I feel about New Year's resolutions, because at this point, most people have given up on them since they had no solid foundation in being achieved. Let's plan out our goals that makes sense for us. Please enjoy the episode. Welcome to the finance leader podcast where leadership is bigger than the numbers. I am your host, Steven McLean. This is the podcast for developing leaders in finance and accounting. Please consider following me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. My usernames and the links are in this episode's show notes. This is episode number 102. And I'll be talking about the SMART Goal Setting technique. And I will highlight the following topics. Number one, be focused. Number two, the SMART Goal Setting technique, and three ensure you are being bold this year. Legendary football coach Lou Holtz said, if you're bored with life, you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things you don't have enough goals. In this episode, I want to briefly talk about the SMART Goal Setting technique. I am sure you have heard about it previously and even used it. It's a great technique to ensure you properly plan out your goals. SMART Goal setting is a framework for setting and achieving Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and time bound goals. It is a widely used method for setting and achieving goals in both personal and professional settings. The acronym stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound. Using the SMART framework can help ensure that goals are clear, actionable and achievable. Now I love goals and goal setting and I love achievement even more the focus and the effort to achieve something you want. That is what goal setting and achievement is all about. We talked extensively last episode about goal setting. Have you written out your goals for this year? If yes, that's great. If not, you're not late at all. It may take a few weeks to uncover and decide what you want to achieve for this year. And that's okay, if you have them. Let's use the SMART Goal Setting methodology to plan out our goals correctly. What is your long term goal? Now this can change over time. But what do you want to achieve in your professional life and sure you plan backwards from that goal so that you know what steps you need to achieve it. Do you know your long term goal is it to be CFO or even CEO, maybe a CPA and a firm a business owner or something else. There are so many possibilities. The last episode I also talked about being bold this year. Now that's B believe overcome. L is in leadership and D decisive bold is a growth mindset technique. To unlock your potential, I want you to be decisive about your goals, decide what you want to accomplish and then commit action to that plan. Now the productivity tip I want to share with you this week is to ensure that your goals are broken down into smaller and actionable chunks. When you break down your goals into smaller and smaller pieces, you are more likely to achieve your bigger goal. So break down your goal into smaller and smaller parts as small as you can. And then you will find yourself accomplishing more. One more thing having a written plan will set you up for success. And sure you're updating that plan as you make progress. And as you make decisions about your goals, updating your plan monthly is ideal. They'll put time on your calendar to ensure you get it done, broken down goals and a written plan. Now let's talk about more about goal setting and smart goal setting. Number one, be focused. To be successful, you must be committed to excellence be committed to achieving your goals. You have to focus you have to eliminate the distractions and become hyper focused, which means your routines have to change and your approach has to change. Now some of you won't believe this, but multitasking is really a myth and the thought of it is ruining your ability to achieve the hard task. Those of you who swear by multitasking believe you're getting more done and you believe you truly are working on more than one task of problem at a time. And the thought of it is ruining your ability to achieve the hard task which is your long term goal but what it is is slowing you down and what really happens is that both tasks you are working on becomes less than excellent, you are actually achieving less and you are not really achieving your potential. And since you are not focused on one particular task both tasks are suffering. By focusing on one task objective or goal at a time, you can hyper focus on that one area so you achieve it with excellence, one area so you can focus focus is key. Number two, the SMART Goal Setting technique. SMART Goal setting is a method of setting goals that is widely used in business and organizations. The acronym SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and time bound. These five criteria are used to ensure that goals are well defined, and achievable. Specific, a specific goal has a clear target or outcome that is well defined, it should answer the questions of what, why and how. Now measurable, a measurable goal can be quantified or tracked in some way This allows for progress to be monitored, and the goals achievement to be evaluated. achievable. The goal should be realistic and attainable. It should be something that can be achieved with the resources and capabilities that are available relevant. A relevant goal is one that aligns with the overall objectives and mission of the organization or individual time bound, a goal should have a specific deadline for completion. This creates a sense of urgency and helps to focus efforts towards achieving the goal. Using the smart criteria when setting goals can help to ensure that they are clear, achievable and aligned with the overall objectives of the organization or individual. It can also help to increase motivation and focus, making it more likely that the goal will be achieved. Number three, I want you to be bold and 2023. I talked about this in the last episode, I want you to apply bold this year in everything you do. Bold, which is believe overcome leadership and decisive belief is knowing that you can achieve the goals you're setting for yourself, it's important to believe that you can get it done. Now being bold is about ensuring you go after and achieve your long term goal. Now go get it for action today. First, I want you to validate your long term goal. Do you have that written down and planned out and sure you know your long term goal, it can change. So it's good to review and update it so you know what you're committing yourself to. Next, I want you to format your goals using the smart technique I talked about today. Look over your goals and sure you have addressed the acronym SMART, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and time bound. Review your goals and your individual development plans. Now one more thing, do your daily routines and habits support your goal achievement process. Now if you have not already, I want to invite you to download a leadership guide for finance and accounting leaders, you can go to Finance leader academy.com and select Free leadership guide on the main menu. It's free, and it may give you a few ideas for your own leadership development. Today I talked about the SMART Goal Setting technique and I highlighted the following points number one, be focused. Number two, the SMART Goal Setting technique, and three ensure you are being bold this year. Goal setting is important because it provides direction and focus and helps individuals and organizations to achieve their desired outcomes. By setting clear, measurable and achievable goals, individuals and organizations can track progress and measure success. I love goal setting and achievement. And I hope you do too high performing professionals want to be around other high performers who are focused and ready to achieve. Now next episode we'll be talking about preparing yourself for improvement and achievement. We are going to address our mindset which is a topic close to my heart, just like leadership and goal setting. I hope you enjoyed the finance leader podcast I am dedicated to helping you grow your leadership skills, to change your mindset and to clarify your goals. 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