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Beyond SMART Goal Setting
Perhaps you have heard about setting SMART goals?
In case you haven't heard about it, SMART is an acronym which reminds you to
make your goals Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based. Some
people even add and E (for Evaluate) and an R (for Re-evaluate) at the end
making the acronym SMARTER (read more at SMART goals if you want).
people talk about SMART goal setting, and it IS a good idea, but ...
was the last time you set a goal like that?
Be honest, now. When was the
last time you went through all the 5 or 7 steps in setting SMART goals?
Sorry, could you speak up, please? I couldn't hear that answer.
didn't really use that method, huh? Even if you knew about it before reading
Well, don't worry. As far as I can tell, very few people actually
use it. (And even if the idea is great, you don't actually need to). Read on for
some pretty radical re-thinking of how to set goals.
The Easy Way
- Goal Setting for Kids and Smart Adults
though lots of people are aware of the idea behind SMART goals, they just don't
use that method in their goal setting.
Why? My guess is: Because it's too
Well, great! :-) I'm here to tell you that goal setting can
be much simpler than that.
So, how to set goals - easily?
secret to achieving your goals is a simple three step process:1. Set a
course or direction 2. Take one step
in that direction
3. Check your gut
and do either point 1 or 2 again
That's goal theory at its most
simple. It doesn't even need an acronym. (Though if you want one, I might supply
this one: DOF which stands for Direction + One step + Feeling's check).
While simple, this is also remarkably effective goal setting. It has several
features which makes it even more powerful than SMART goals.
For one, it
is much easier to remember - and do - than SMART goals; you could even call it
'goal setting for kids' or something like that to indicate how simple it is.
Another clear advantage this simple system for goal setting has over SMART
goals is this: it ensures that you actually get somewhere!
If this has
you turned on, you can check out the self improvement article How to Set Goals -
Goal Setting for Kids and Smart Adults.
Step no. 1: Set a Course or Direction
What I mean is
simply that you find desirable direction you'd like to move in.
have things we want. I do, and surely you do, too.
More money? A slimmer
waistline? No more smoking? Finding a new love? Great. Those - or anything
similar - will work just fine as a direction for you to move in.
yes, I know. You OUGHT to check if that goal is something Specific which you can
Measure. And whether your goal is Realistic within some kind of Time frame.
That's how setting SMART goals works.
But while that's a mighty fine
idea, you don't really need to do it. Having a general direction is enough.
Loads of people who are well versed in goal setting theory and how to set
goals, many of them perhaps even masters of different goal setting strategies,
are going to disagree with me here. And that's fine.
I am writing this
for YOU, not them. And what you need is something that works. Every time,
without you having to remember what 'SMART goals' stand for and having to do all
sorts of heavy duty checking along the way.
Step no. 2: Take One Step in that Direction
second step I recommend you take is just that; a step. One step, is all.
Big step, small step, it doesn't matter.
Also, surprisingly, it doesn't
matter if the step you take is right or not.
All that matters is that you
actually take the step. (In the direction you think you need to go, of course).
Want (or need) more money? Fine. You can think of one step to take that will
give you money.
Collect bottles; sing a song for someone for a dollar;
mow people's lawns or take people's dogs for a walk for a few dollars; sell your
stuff; get a job; get a second job; sing a song for the boss and take his dog
for a walk to get a raise; just demand a raise; get a better paid job; become
self employed or whatever.
Take one (1) - step in that direction, that's
all I ask.
Want a slimmer waistline? You can think of one step to take
that will give you a slimmer waistline. Check your beliefs about yourself (low
self esteem?) and change them (or
let them go
); eat fewer burgers, less candy
and more fresh vegetables; eat less altogether; exercise more, etc. etc.
Just take one (1) step in that direction.
Want to stop smoking? Take one
step. Big or small.
Out to find a new love, someone to share your life
and your bed with? Wonderful. Take one step.
So, what are you waiting
for? Just go and take it.
Step no. 3: Check Your Gut Feeling
Riiiiight. Now for the third and
final step of how to set goals in an easier way than using SMART goals, and
that's a check up.
It is necessary that you have actually taken that one
step in what you presume is the right direction. You have to have taken that, or
this will not work.
Step no. 3 in easier-than-SMART-goal setting is
simply checking how you feel in your gut. Or, if you prefer, in your heart. Or,
simply in your body as a whole. Some folks prefer calling this using their
It doesn't matter what you call it, the thing is that you DO
know what I am talking about because you use it every day, many times a day. You
do something (or: do not do something) and then you ask yourself how you feel
about that. The process takes place so fast as to be almost instantaneous.
Even when you go to the toilet! Yes, even then. Just ask yourself how you
feel when you have just taken a leek or whatever you prefer to call it. Unless
you are somehow ill, the answer is it feels like a relief, it feels good. And
that is all you need to know.
You take a step and then you ask yourself:
Do I feel good or do I feel bad?
Don't over-think it. Ask yourself how
you feel and give yourself up to one second to find the answer. If you use more
than one second, you are over-thinking it. Just go with the very first
impression / feeling you get.
That's it. You are almost done. Here's the
rest of this step in how to set goals easier than SMART goals:
If you feel bad, go to step no. 1, Set a Course of Direction, and adjust
Then, go to step no. 2, which is Take One Step in that
Then, of course, go to step no. 3, Check Your Gut Feeling,
again. Rinse and repeat.
If You Feel Good
If you feel good, you are moving
in the right direction. So, go to step no. 2. Step no. 2 is Take One Step in
that Direction ... meaning that you take another step.
Then go to step
no. 3, Check Your Gut Feeling, again. Rinse and repeat.
There. That's it.
Goal Setting Method Gets You Moving
Three steps, and they even loop back so
you don't have to learn more than those three. Plus, they are actually what you
would do anyway, if you hadn't been seriously seduced by your culture and
upbringing and education and whatnot to over-thinking everything.
this method has one significant advantage over the traditional SMART goals, and
that is that you actually get moving
with this method.
In fact, you have
to be moving for it to work. The beauty is that you don't have to worry about
planning or even about procrastination.
Both those things are BIG issues
with many people, but using this simple and proven method they become
non-issues, things of the past. How to set goals easier than SMART
The Conclusion: Pick Your Tool According to Your Need
note that I am not debunking the SMART goals method here. Not by a long shot.
No, on the contrary I rather like setting SMART goals. I have even developed
a method for checking your goals which is even more advanced than SMART goals.
My method (which I will describe on these pages very soon) is great for,
say, big strategic business decisions ... but not-so-great when it comes to more
everyday kinds of goals.
Everyday life. That's where my quick and easy
goal setting method comes in.
This simple 3 step method even has an added
bonus (which people interested in personal development and spirituality will
appreciate) and which is so good that I have saved it for last:
you live in the now.
And it's true what they say: There is no time like
So, I urge you:
Now that you know a little something
about how to set goals, do try this simple method out one day. You just might
like it. And if you do, you've got a tool for life.
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