Blog Post #441 Goals – and Failure

Goals – and Failure
https://www.inc.com/peter-economy/why-losers-often-win.html

Okay, you have made some great goals, with very specific features, you can picture yourself reaching your goals, you have emotional ties to reaching that goal.  You see yourself very successful in what you set as a goal. You have a plan to reach that goal.

So, the date comes up – let’s say December 31, 2018 – and you didn’t make your goal.  Maybe you were close, maybe you weren’t close. You had put a lot of time and effort in reaching that goal.  You planned you worked at it, you put post-it notes on your mirror, you talked to yourself every day about that goal – and you didn’t make it.  BUMMER!!!!

Failure can be good, it can be very good, maybe even a ‘great’ experience!!

There are many stories of very successful people failing – Lincoln, Edison, and many others.  Let’s look at failure as a learning tool:

  1. That (experiment/test trial) didn’t work – cross it off the list and try again.
  2. Maybe you didn’t plan deep enough
  3. You had a plan and didn’t execute it well enough
  4. Factors beyond my control led to the failure.

Cross it off the list and try again:

Supposedly Edison tried many combinations before finding a solution to the electric light bulb.  It might be that a certain metal or alloy just wasn’t a good filament for a light bulb, or that the partial vacuum in the bulb wasn’t the right combination of oxygen, nitrogen, and other gasses.

Amazon was unprofitable for its first ten years.  Was that a failure?

Think of going through a corn maze.  As you reach a dead end, you can (should) mark that end off as a dead end and not enter it again.  Trial and error can be a successful tool if there aren’t all that many options.

So, if you failed, get up, dust off your pants (figuratively) and start again.  If there is a real solution, keep going until you find it.

You didn’t plan deep enough or well enough:

Did you consider all the variables?  What did you overlook? Is it possible that with a little more research into the situation, you might have a better plan?  For the early years of trying to climb Mount Everest, the ‘only’ route was through Tibet. But, when Tibet became part of China, that route was closed and climbers tried climbing from Nepal (and that was where the successful attempts came).  

You want to be in a professional orchestra.  You have practiced for years, you can play your parts so well.  When it came to audition for the New York Philharmonic, you didn’t make it.  So, do you throw your violin in the trash and apply to work at Walmart? No – you can try for the Cleveland Symphony, or the Atlanta Symphony or others.  It might just have been only one opening for a violin player with the New York Philharmonic – and the sister of one of the current players (whose father teaches at Julliard School of Music and is a big supporter of the Philharmonic) was selected.

You had a plan and didn’t execute it well enough:

If you are working as a team, maybe not all the team members have ‘bought in’.  Maybe you assumed it was going to be a snap and didn’t take the situation seriously enough.  Many sports example work here – where a team or individual didn’t take the competition seriously enough and got beaten.

Factors beyond your control:

Let’s face it, there are times when there are things you cannot control.  Obviously, you can’t control the weather. You picked a date six months ago for the company picnic and it rains.  You created a brand new product only to learn that Google took a very similar product to market two days ago. (and you didn’t know about it and couldn’t control it)

As you and your team approach a problem one of the vital team members gets sick or is in an automobile accident and that puts you behind and you end up failing.  

Things to think about:

  • Think about a situation where you either failed – or didn’t achieve what you expected.  What was the reason? What did you learn from that? What might you do to avoid it in the future?
  • Can companies like individuals become remarkable and can being remarkable help avoid failure?
  • When you have failed or done poorly, what was your attitude?  Did you whine? Or did you approach it with a positive attitude?

Quote for today – Sometimes by losing a battle, you find a new way to win the war.

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Blog #440 If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!!

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.

I have written about goals – especially SMART goals:  (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound).  

Now, let’s think about what to do after you set your goals.

But, first – an aside.  

Last spring (spring 2017), I planted my garden.  I have a nice raised bed system with great soil, peat moss, and fertilizer (manure).  I had tomatoes (always in my garden), spinach, green beans, and green peppers. My goal was to have nice vegetables.  Alas, I had aorta surgery in July and I did not maintain the garden. In central Texas (with an average of at least thirty days over 100 degrees) and the rest of July and August in the upper 90’s; you have to water plants and maintain them.  But, I didn’t!! I had a goal, but I didn’t follow through. After my surgery in July, the plants really didn’t get watered or hoed around.

Goals are great – then what?

You have to plan to reach the goals.  The adage is “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”.

Some goal making websites say two additional things to your SMART goals:

  1. How you are going to achieve that goal
  2. How you are going to feel when you reach that goal.

Let’s take the easy one of “By December 31, 2018, I will weigh no more than 200 pounds”.  For me, that is a fairly easy goal – I weighed in at 210 this morning – so that is about losing 3 pounds a month.

So, let’s modify the goal:  “By December 31, 2018, I will weigh no more than 200 pounds, and I will weigh no more than 200 pounds until July 31, 2019.  To achieve that goal, I will eat a nutritious breakfast of eggs or oatmeal; I will eat salad for lunch, and I will eat sparingly for dinner.  I will cut out almost all sugar and sweets; I will cut out almost all bread. I will avoid extra salt and I will drink only water, black coffee, and unsweet ice tea.  I also will work out at the fitness center for at least an hour three times a week with aerobic and non-aerobic activities. I will weigh myself at least three times a week in the morning.  I will have a post-it note on my bathroom mirror reminding me of my goal and my progress.”

Okay, that goal is much more specific than the first goal.

Now to put the second part on it.  “<same long goal plus>. When I reach my goal I will feel so good, I will stand in front of the mirror and admire myself in the mirror.  I will buy myself a gift of <some item of clothes> in celebration.” (You can also reward yourself with dinner, ice cream, or something that you left off your diet while losing the weight.)

The more specific the goal with details, an emotional plus at the reaching of the goal.  Say it out loud, get it in your brain, post it on your mirror, on the dashboard of the car, in the kitchen – make it memorable.

How about this goal for your mind/intellect?  By December 31, 2018, I will have mastered all the modules in the Duolingo German application at the highest level.  I will be able to take any and all of the mastery tests missing no more than 10% of the questions. I will spend at least thirty minutes a day, generally between 6 and 7 a.m. When I have five or more minutes free I will pull out my iPhone and do a German lesson.  By December 1, 2018, I will read at least two children’s books written in German during the month of December 2018; and I will learn (relearn) Silent Night (Stille Nacht) and Oh Tannenbaum in German. Upon completion, I will buy a pair of lederhosen and proudly wear my lederhosen when I play in the Brushy Creek Brass Band in Walburg.  

Do you see what I am doing – fleshing out the goals with intermediate goals, daily goals, weekly goals, and an emotional ending at the completion of the goal.

What do you think?

Try writing a goal for yourself and posting it below.

Bruce

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Blog #439 Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well

Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well

https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/philip_stanhope_4th_earl_138620

Yesterday, I used Zig Ziglar’s spoke lists for life:

  1. Physical / Health
  2. Personal / Social
  3. Work / Career
  4. Family
  5. Spiritual
  6. Financial
  7. Mind / Intellect

While I have looked more at your work and career – and that definitely is worth doing well.  The other points are valid as well.

How about ‘sharpening the saw’ (as Stephen Covey suggests)?  Are you investing in yourself, your learning, but also your mind and intellect?

I see too many men with potbellies (or ‘beer bellies’).  Health is important. You should be setting some goals for healthy eating and healthy activities and exercise.

But, not just ‘doing’ exercise (or work or other of Ziglar’s spokes) – but doing it well.  If you are serious about exercise (say jogging or running), then get a great pair of running shoes.  If you are serious (and passionate) about being passionate with your spouse; then do it WELL.

If you want to get ahead at work, find a mentor (and treat him or her to lunch or coffee).  If you are serious about your spiritual growth, find a spiritual guide for your beliefs.

You are known by what you invest in – and what you spend time with.  While it might have been more of a gender basis, but men seem to put a lot of emphases, time and physical investment on their work – sometimes to the detriment of their families or health or social life.

Invest in yourself.

Let’s think about time.  Do you spend three or more hours in front of the television?  Is that your passion – are you using your time wisely? Maybe you (or, really I) can invest my time on Saturday or Sunday by getting some exercise and listening to the audio version of my favorite football teams.  I rode the CapMetro bus to campus at the University of Texas. The busses were equipped with WiFi – and instead of just looking out the window, I could work on my lecture, plan my class activities out on the bus.

Investing in yourself – is an activity that is worth doing well.  So, examine yourself. What should you be doing better – and how do you get to that point in your life?

What do you think?

Bruce

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Blog #438 Infrastructure #2

Coaching for Life Success – Infrastructure 2

https://www.franklincovey.com/the-7-habits/habit-7.html

Yesterday we talked (ever so lightly) of physical infrastructure) – roads, dams, power, dams, and more.  Today, let’s talk about your personal infrastructure.

So, following this course, I’m encouraging you to have a great attitude, set SMART goals and even BHAG goals.  I want you to be passionate, enthusiastic, great, remarkable and more.

But – that doesn’t just happen.

First – education.  My work was as a professor.  You have to have the right tools and education for your field.  But, more than that, you need to have critical thinking and creative thinking skills.  We talk about ‘thinking outside the box’. The jobs of the future are still developing.  Robotics will do more and more things people have done for years. For example, preparing to be an accountant with paper ledgers is out-of-date.  

For many of us, our last formal education ends with a college degree.  You walk across a platform in your cap-and-gown, shake the dean’s hand and say to yourself “I’m done with my education!”.  Unfortunately, that is not true. There is ALWAYS more to learn. In my computing background, I’ve learned seven-plus programming languages – but I don’t know the more recent programming languages.  And, speaking of languages, it would be great for you to pick up skills in spoken languages. I do daily lessons in German, have done a year plus learning Spanish. I haven’t started on Mandarin, I know a little Russian.  I need more skills in languages – both computer and spoken.

What else?  Business skills are always important as well – basic accounting, finance, accounting, economics, management, and manufacturing.  Computer skills, like artificial intelligence, data mining, and even some basic programming are good.

You need to invest in yourself.  You can take formal classes, online informal classes, go to seminars, watch TED talks – but keep learning.  We use the term “lifelong learning” – and that is true. If you stop learning, you will atrophy and die (maybe not physical, but die from the skills needed in your environment).  Playing ‘catch-up’ with job skills is not as good as being proactive and learning the skills that might be needed. Spend some time daily investing in learning – as Stephen Covey said we need to “Sharpen the Saw”.

Are you growing smarter every day?  Are you investing in yourself everyday?

More tomorrow!!

What do you think?

Bruce

 

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Blog #437 Infrastructure #1

Coaching for Life Success – Infrastructure 1

A slight detour today, but to set up tomorrow’s coaching for life success posting.

We have just returned from a long trip – 15 days; 3000 miles; 8 states; 5 hotels (with 7 nights); 3 grandchildren; 4 major friends (and families); and driving in lots of rain!!!

I was reminded that there are a lot of things we don’t think about.  Some road crew(s) built the roads we were on. In Nebraska – somewhat uncharted in the 1860’s – crews laid rock and train tracks.  In the Mississippi River, crews but locks and dams so barges and boats could get up and down the river. Then you have all the infrastructure with electricity, plumbing, sewers, even traffic signals.  

Then, we have to think about updating the infrastructure for modern times.  Phone lines are supplemented with cell towers; and also are buried underground where storms had a harder time of disrupting (as with electrical lines).  We saw thousands of wind turbines (and more blades and units on the road heading to building sites) generating clean power (*although some birds are killed by the blades*).  

I remember dial-up computing – that has been replaced by gigabit transmission.  I remember black-and-white television with three stations that has been replaced by Netflix, Roku, Amazon, and zillions of channels.

We also saw infrastructure being updated and replaced.  Yes, we can kid about the two seasons in Minnesota – being winter season and road construction season.  And while driving through those road construction zones might not be pleasant, the ultimate goal is better roads, safer bridges, and happier drivers.

There is a lot that goes on that we don’t even notice (except maybe to grumble when it affects us).  And – it all goes to support our lifestyle. I don’t really want to like in a sod shanty in rural Nebraska.  I like having heat, lights, roads, running water – and indoor plumbing.

Maybe we should adjust our attitudes to thank those infrastructure workers – renewing, updating, and maintaining what we rarely consider.

What do you think?

Tomorrow – maintaining our personal infrastructure!

See you then!!

Bruce

 

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Blog Post #436 Don’t live life small

Coaching for Life Success – Playing life small (or not) – dreams and goals

http://thequotes.in/there-is-no-passion-to-be-found-playing-small-in-settling-for-a-life-that-is-less-than-the-one-you-are-capable-of-living-nelson-mandela/

I like this quote by Nelson Mandela:  “There is no passion in playing life small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living”

We all have dreams, but all frequently we leave them as dreams.  We tell our children they can be anything they want to be, but negate that by living our lives small.  Today is more of a challenge – are you living the life that you are capable of?

Another quote from the theater “There are no small parts, only small actors”.  A theater play may have many small parts (I had several small parts while I was acting in high school and college), but even those small parts keep the play moving.  

In recent days, I have blogged on good to great, being remarkable (like a purple cow); having goals – and even Big Hairy Audacious Goals; being passionate, and being enthusiastic.  Can you be a big-time player in a small role?

I remember a janitor – in the light of the world, a small role, but Steve made it a big role.  He was a day janitor for my office building. If I was in my faculty office, I could hear Steve coming down the hall.  He would stop and chat with each occupant as he came. He knew if you liked sports (he was a Yankee fan (or fanatic); but never talked down other teams; he was a fan of that University’s teams; he was always upbeat and a breath of fresh air to the faculty in their offices.  For the non-sport enthusiast, he could make refreshing small talk on almost any topic – but stayed away from politics. He loved his role and made it a big role for others. His passion for his role (cleaning, but also smiling and making life better for us stuffy professors) was notorious.  

We need to be thinking about what we are capable of doing.  What might stretch us farther? We are cheating ourselves for thinking we are nothing when we could be a Steve brightening everyone’s day.

The reality is “I CAN BE MORE”.  “I AM CAPABLE OF MORE”. Am I living the life I am capable of?  Can I make life better for others? What am I ‘called’ to do?

Sometimes I through in some Biblical thoughts.  Today I’m thinking of the parable of the talents.  The master gave three people a gift – one got 10 ‘talents’; one got 5 ‘talents’, and one got only 1 ‘talent’.  The one with ten talents went out and made 10 more; the one with 5 talents also went out and doubled the amount.  But the one with only one talent was unsure of today is “What are you capable of doing?”.  Are you living your life to the fullest? What is YOUR passion?

Back to Nelson Mandela’s quote “ There is no passion in playing life small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living”  

Think about it, make goals, find your passion and play life BIG!!!

Bruce

 

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Blog #435 Passion and Enthusiasm

Coaching for Life Success – Passion, Enthusiasm

In recent posts, I’ve written about being great and being remarkable.  

Going from Good to Great can make your life a success.  Yes, it takes work and it takes a strong attitude that says “I’m going to be GREAT”.

Seth Godin wrote about “Purple Cows” – sticking out, being remarkable.

Today, two more terms – passion (or being passionate) and enthusiasm (or being enthusiastic).

One of my favorite quotes comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”.  

Do you want to be a great, remarkable, passionate, enthusiastic <name-the-job>?  With the billions of people on Earth, that will make you stand out.

Do you want to be a great teacher?  Be remarkable in your teaching, be passionate about what you are teaching and who you are teaching, and be enthusiastic about what you are doing.

Do you want to be a great business leader?  Be remarkable in your work, find disruptive technologies that can jump your company ahead.  Be passionate about what you are doing – from sweeping floors to making major decisions, and be enthusiastic about your job and your life.  

Do you get up on Monday and scream “It is Monday, bring it on!!  I’m ready to rock and roll!!”. (By-the-way, if you don’t know me, I love using exclamation points!!!!!!!)

Do you want to be a great parent (or accountant, or scientist or musician or whatever)?  Be remarkable, be passionate, and be enthusiastic!!!

It is an attitude thing.  If you get up tired and crabby, your daily routine will be tough to get through.  Change your attitude and change your day and change your life!!!

Put that smile on your face; get the will to win and the expertise to succeed – and go for it.  

One of my other favorite terms is WOOOOOO!!!  I generally screamed WOOO when I entered my classroom.  Go for it.

Break out of the ordinary, be great; be remarkable; be passionate and be enthusiastic!!!  (And, be a success in whatever you do!!

What do you think?  

Bruce

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Blog Post #434 Becoming Remarkable

Coaching for Life Success: Becoming Remarkable.

https://seths.blog/2007/01/how_to_be_remar/

Seth Godin talked about becoming ‘remarkable’ in his book Purple Cow.  As Godin presented the concept, he and his family were in France and as they drove they noticed all the cows in the fields.  So colorful, idyllic so they thought. But as their drive continued, they didn’t even notice the cows – the cows were now ‘commonplace’.  He makes the point that the only cows that would have appeared on their radar at that point would have to be really different – like Purple Cows.  

The idea of a purple cow is really to be REMARKABLE – to stand out among the others.  

Do you need to be a purple cow?  How are you going to stand out with the over 7.2 BILLION people on this planet?

So, how do you become remarkable?

It isn’t really from the appearance – a purple cow would still out; a college graduate in a job interview in a purple suit (maybe with a bright orange tie) would stand out, and would probably not be hired (“too weird”).  

So, some thoughts on being remarkable:

  • Be great in your field (see previous discussions on ‘good to great’)
  • Have a great attitude
  • Have experiences that make you remarkable
  • Have a great personality

Be great in your field:  Okay, when you graduate, it is going to be really hard to be recognized for being great in your field.  For discussion’s sake, let’s say you are an accounting major. How can you be recognized for being great in your field?  Good Grades? Maybe. Great faculty recommendations? Maybe. Great internship experiences? Maybe. Service in the community to non-profits or to third world countries?  Maybe.

How about some out-of-the-ordinary ways to be remarkable?  Could you publish an academic paper with a professor that gets into an academic journal?  How many undergraduates are published in academic journals? (Not many).

Could you develop and implement an accounting system for non-profit organizations that wins recognition in a competition?

Could you work with a computing student to develop a new and innovative way for secure payment processing, maybe for secure payment on a smartphone using your finger login component?

Could you work with a government agency (like the Internal Revenue Service or FBI) to fully analyze fraudulent accounting reports?  Or work with the Small Business Administration to set accounting systems for new businesses – especially for those who have no accounting background.

Have a Great Attitude:

Having a great attitude is almost always remarkable.  We go through life with the ‘average’ folks, so seeing somebody smile, somebody says “have a nice day” and really, really mean it, to stop and listen to the person you are talking with.  

Have remarkable experiences:  

Some of the remarkable experiences can go with your major field, but you can have others.   Work in a soup kitchen, climb Mount Everest, do marathons and triathlons, take a Boy Scout troop (or others) wilderness camping for three weeks, organize a community-wide event.  There are many ways to be remarkable and to demonstrate it.

Have a Great Personality:

Having a great attitude is part of having a great personality.  Think of people who are very personable. People you’d like to just sit and talk to.  How can you be that ‘instant’ friend and person that people will recognize quickly and say “Definitely a team player and definitely one that we’d love to have on our team”.

Things to think about

  • Think about what you can do to be remarkable – to be a ‘purple cow’ in a black-and-white cow world.  Write an essay about how you are going to make yourself remarkable this year.
  • Develop goals to become remarkable

Quote for today – being remarkable sometimes can get you in trouble: “If you are too afraid to offend anyone, then I’m afraid you may not be able to do anything remarkable” ― Bernard Kelvin Clive

 

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Good to Great

Coaching for Life Success – Good to Great

https://www.jimcollins.com/article_topics/articles/good-to-great.html

Today’s lesson overlaps attitude and goals.  

Jim Collins is the author of one of my favorite business books “Good to Great”.  The concept is really seen even in the title. Good is okay (maybe), but we should strive for GREAT.  There is a world of difference between: it was a good dinner and it was a GREAT dinner. Likewise: that was a good paper and that was a GREAT paper.  And again: I got good service at the restaurant and I got GREAT service at the restaurant.

Great is ‘nailing it’.  Great is going the extra mile, doing the extra things that really make the activity memorable.  

If you want to get to your BHAG, you need to be GREAT.  

So, how do you get to be great?

  1. Set your attitude to ‘great’
  2. Don’t waste time
  3. Keep the end in mind
  4. Dig deeper, analyze more
  5. Don’t settle for good when you can be great

Let’s look at these concepts:

  1. Set your attitude to ‘great’.

Yes, attitude is the main part of GREAT.  You have to believe you can be great, you have to put that deep in your brain to be great.  In most jobs and activities, there will be barriers to breakthrough. If you get stopped too easily, you won’t get to great.  Push through and keep your brain focused on GREAT.

  1. Don’t waste time.

I’m not a big TV watcher.  While recreation and fun have to be part of life, to get to great you have to put the time and effort into it.  For me TV is a waste of time. While it can be fun and even educational to watch some television, in many cases, that hour (or two hours or four hours) in front of the television keeps you from achieving some other tasks towards your goal.  When I taught high school, I only went into the faculty lounge to get coffee and then back to my classroom to work on lessons. I know farmers who in the off season are fixing fences, doing analyses of crops and new techniques. Yes, there should be a vacation in that off season, but even then – the off season is a time to gear up for the new season.  My high school teaching was in a rural area. Some farmers spent their time at the café or the tavern during the off season, while others (and generally the more successful ones) spent their off season time being productive.

  1. Keep the end in mind

If you haven’t done it, read Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  One of Covey’s habits is keep the end in mind. There is an adage “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there”.  Be focused. Read your goals daily. Know what you want and work towards it.

  1. Dig deeper, analyze  more

Sometimes on the surface, we can comprehend things fairly well, but to really understand you have to really dig deeper.  For example, the stock market has swings, and analysts go deeper to understand trends and the reasons behind them. Asking “why” is a good tool to find the root cause of events.

  1. Don’t settle for good when you can get to great.

There are times to settle for okay.  For example, you like music and you have played in a band or orchestra.  But, music is not going to be your career. Being a good trumpet player in the band may put you on the second or third trumpet part.  You can enjoy being part of the ensemble without all the practice of being the first trumpet player. But, when you are passionate about something, you need to press to great.  Are you happy being an ‘average’ jogger, or are you aiming for track records? Are you happy with being a good accountant, but you are passionate about accounting and want to be great?  Settling for ‘good’ when you can get to great is like getting a “B” or a “C” grade when you know you could have an “A” – and not just an “A”, but the top grade in the class if you really worked at it.

Review your goals from previous blog posts:  Take your primary BHAG and do an in-depth analysis of what you will have to do to reach that goal. What would it take to be GREAT – one of the tops in the field you choose?

Reflective – are you committed to being great?  

What is your passion towards your goals – just ‘good’ or ‘exceptional’ (that is ‘great’)?

And a quote from Mark Twain: ““Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” 

 

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Goals #4 – SMART Goals part 2

Coaching for Life Success – Goals #4 SMART Goals

(see: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/smart-goals.htm)

I have been blogging about goals.  Yesterday we looked at SMART Goals, today we look at the ART in SMART Goals – attainable, relevant and time-bound

SMART is an acronym for:
Specific Goals
Measurable Goals
Attainable Goals
Relevant Goals
Time-Bound Goals

Today, let’s start with Attainable.  Basically, that means the goal can be reached.  Looking at the losing weight goal. By September 30, 2018, I will weigh no more than 200 pounds.  Specific – yes; measurable – yes. The attainable is potentially not available if you weigh 350 pounds.  Losing 150 pounds in a month is not possible.

Or by March 31, 2020, I will climb to the top of Mt. Everest and back down with a group of serious mountain climbers, in a well-planned, well-funded expedition.  Again, specific and measurable. Too bad you are a quadriplegic and can’t walk a mile, let alone climb the world’s highest mountain.

So, the question is:  Can the goal be attained?  (Or … can YOU reach the goal).  

Can you be named as “Mother of the Year” by your local PTA group by June 2025?  Assuming you are a mother and can volunteer with your local PTA, and also are a great person, yes, that seems to be attainable.

Can you be named “Teacher of the Year” by your school district by June 2025?  Again, putting some assumptions in place – you are a teacher, dedicated to your job, willing to try different educational processes and again, be a great teacher, YES, that seems to be attainable.

 

The R is for relevant.  Is this goal relevant to you?  Is it important to you? Maybe you are an experienced mountain climber, who has climbed every other highest peak in the World (as my friend has done) but has lost the desire to give up his summer vacation (he is a single professor) to climb Mount Everest.  Yes, it is a specific goal, it is measurable, it is attainable, but to this friend, it is no longer relevant to him.

Just because your spouse wants you to lose weight doesn’t mean it is relevant to YOU.  It has to be your goal!

 

The T is for time-bound.  This ties very nicely to the specific part of SMART goals.  If your goal is to weigh no more than 200 pounds – but with no end date, it is vague, although measurable, it is attainable, it is relevant, but no time factor might mean that at age 98 with your body riddled with cancer, you might get to 199 pounds.  Put the time factor into your specific goals.

So, how about these goals?

Many of us have dreams or wishes – like winning the lottery; becoming the CEO of Apple; becoming the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers – but they are just dreams – they are not goals.  There are some things you can do to help those dreams, but the reality is that you will not win the lottery by wishing about it – or even setting as a goal. Setting a goal like:  “I will win the PowerBall lottery by December 31, 2019; to reach this goal, I will research all the winning numbers and the highest probability of five choices and the PowerBall. This research will be completed by August 31, 2019.  To win the PowerBall, I will select 10 plays using the top seven choices in a variety of combinations. I will purchase my PowerBall tickets at the XYZ convenience in Janesville Wisconsin who has sold three winning PowerBall tickets over the years.”  That is still a wish – even with a huge amount of research, you most likely will not pick the right numbers.

You will need to commit to your goals – and work every day to reach those goals.

Things to work on:

So, refine your goals (again).  Make them totally into SMART goals.  

I am 71 years old as I write this.  I have reached all of my major goals – professor, outstanding educator, reaching financial goals, spiritual goals, fitness and weight goals, professional goals.  I have set them with SMART phrasing and written them on an index card that is in my billfold that I review at least once daily so they become part of my mindset.

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