Time to get SMART

Setting SMART goals may not be a new idea for many folks, however I was recently introduced to this process of goal-setting by my pastoral coach through the Healthy Growing Churches network.

True goals must be SMART:
   Specific.  What exactly will you do (or stop doing or change how you do it)?  The more specific the better.
   Measurable.  You have to be able to measure progress to determine when a goal is met (length, size, amount, etc.).
   Actionable.  How will the action take place that will lead to reaching your goal?  Every resolution should start with a verb: "quit," "run," "finish," "eliminate," etc.
   Realistic.  The goal must actually be possible.  A good goal may stretch you, but you have to use common sense.
   Time-bound.  Set dates/timing as specific as possible.  Is this a goal to reach "by Dec. 31," or is there a shorter/longer time frame?

A number of years ago I began to set goals that were specific and manageable, but now we're taking this even further and getting SMART!   If it's not SMART, it's not a goal.  It's an aspiration, or a dream maybe.  But not a goal.  And the only way to reach your goals is to set them, then resolve to reach them.

What SMART goals are you setting this year?


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