What’s wrong with having an average intelligence goal?
And is there such a thing as a dumb goal?
A SMART goal is common language in good coaching, but what does it really mean… Let’s start out with some clarity and definitions. SMART is an acronym that stands for:
Specific – Measurable – Attainable – Relevant – Time-Sensitive
Specific – A goal is specific when you can describe it clearly to others. You know what you want to accomplish. Vague goals equate to vague results. Goals must be fully furnished with detailed description of the what, when and how.
Measurable – A goal is measurable when you have clearly defined what it means to have reached it. Goals which cannot be measured cannot be managed. Your goal is measurable if anyone can tell you at the end of the deadline, whether or not you have completed it.
Attainable – Your goal must be within your reach in your present situation. High goals that stretch you are okay, but high AND realistic goals are better. Unattainable goals do not motivate you as they cannot realistically be accomplished. Easy goals on the other hand are not challenging enough, thus, they do not contribute to your growth.
Relevant – Goals need to be parallel to your purpose in life. Relevant goals are a sure way to direct your efforts towards attaining something that is unique to who you are as a person. Goals are simply tools to use to accomplish one’s mission/purpose in life.
Time-Sensitive – Goals need to have deadlines. A goal free from a time element is susceptible to procrastination.
Average intelligence goals would be ones that are nice, but rather vague and not intentional. Here’s a few examples:
“I will be a good Christian”
“I want to be more healthy and lose some weight.”
“I will go deeper spiritually”
“I’ll take whatever opportunity presents itself first to me.”
“I will work at removing the lies in my life.”
Full on dumb goals are the antitheses of the definition of SMART. They are either not specific or measurable, they are unattainable or not relevant or they are not time-sensitive. Here’s a few of those:
“I want to share Jesus with the world.”
“I will be wealthy”
“I want to be patient in three months.”
“Within a year, I will become an influencer with large groups of people looking to me for discipleship.”
I hope by now you are hungry for some examples of actual SMART goals. Well, here you go – eat heartily!
“I will eat 5 fruits or vegetables per day.”
“When I support raise, I will be fully funded by the end of the year by walking out the plan set out for me, setting goals for each month and adjusting as needed..”
“By the end of next school year I will discern what organization, business or ministry will be my next step.”
“I will set aside two hours every Thursday afternoon to work out the lies in my life and claim God’s truth until I am settled in that area of my life.”
“I will lose 10 lbs by my birthday, starting by working out 2 times a week and not eating sugar. I’ll reassess my progress and make adjustments as needed to lose one pound per week.”
“I will work through my fear of people and be able to talk to strangers by the New Year’s Eve party. I’ll start with baby steps and work up to cold contact greeting.”
“I will work through my anger issue and be able to turn my reactions into responses by the end of the school year. I’ll work through each heated interaction with my coach and learn to discern healthy options.”
“I will work through my grief in a healthy way before the holidays. This doesn’t mean I will forget or let go of my loved one, but that I will take responsibility to be emotionally healthy and be personally responsible for my own spiritual growth.”
Granted – most of these goals are going to need associated Action Steps, but we will talk about that later. For now take your focus area and walk it through these questions to come up with your own SMART goal.
Specific: What specifically will I achieve?
· Measurable: How will I measure it?
Achievable: Is it achievable by me now?
Relevant: Is it relevant to my larger goals?
Time-sensitive: By what date will I achieve it?
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