Passionate and SMART Goal Setting

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Goal setting is critical to your success. Without goals, you lack direction, clarity, and focus. Without goals you will not achieve what is important to you or reach your full potential.  SMART goal setting is a method that improves the effectiveness of the goal setting process.  SMART goals have been helping leaders be successful for years.  SMART goals are:

  • Specific – don’t let yourself be vague.  Who owns the goal?  What do you want to accomplish.  Instead of improving the production department, improve manufacturing efficiencies.  Instead of getting in better shape, exercise.
  • Measurable – if you can’t measure it, you can’t make it better.  Instead of make better quality, reduce quality rejects by 50%.  Instead of work out more, work out for 30 minutes a day 3 times per week.
  • Attainable – goals are frustrating if they are not attainable.  You are not likely to give your full effort if you don’t think it’s possible to hit your goals.  You don’t want to set the bar too low either.  You probably will not hit all your goals on the first try if you challenge yourself enough but you want the goals to be attainable so you have a chance to succeed.
  • Relevant & Realistic – does it matter?  Goals should be relevant because you don’t have time to waste on tasks won’t improve your organization.  Realistic is closely related to attainable.  Goals should stretch you but still be something you can achieve.  A stretch goal may require a completely new process and out of the box thinking.  A small measurable gains may not require big changes.  Challenge yourself while being realistic.
  • Timing – when will the goal be achieved?

SMART Goals become Passionate SMART Goals when you care deeply about them.  What matters to you and your team?  The owner of the goal needs to care deeply and set SMART goals in order to achieve full potential.  Chose things to improve that you can be passionate about when setting goals for yourself.  Find someone who will be passionate when setting goals with your team.

You need Passionate SMART Goals to unlock and achieve your full potential as a person and as a leader.  Do you have SMART Goals?  Are you passionate about your goals?Set goals and pursue your passion today.

Passionate and SMART Goals are part of a good Lean Goal Setting process.  Look here for more on SMART Goals by another blogger.  Passionate SMART goals is inspired by Little Things Matter.


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About Christian Paulsen

Christian Paulsen is an Executive Consultant with 20 years of Lean Manufacturing. Chris adds value to organizations by driving process improvement and bottom line savings. Chris intends to help others by sharing the lessons learned after a quarter century of operational leadership, marriage, parenting, and even longer as a Cubs fan. Your comments on this blog are welcome. You can also connect with Chris via LinnkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook in the right sidebar. Chris welcomes your comments. Christian's professional services are available by contacting him through LinkedIn (right side bar)
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4 Responses to Passionate and SMART Goal Setting

  1. This is really good advice. I think often we think we have a goal, but really we haven’t taken any steps to achieve it and haven’t broken it down into the smaller pieces needed to achieve the goal, then become frustrated when we haven’t achieved it.

  2. Agree with you about the importance of goals. Love your phrase: “goals are frustrating if they are not attainable”.

    When I really want something I always get it. It’s just a question of how, where and how long it takes.

    Sometimes no matter how much you try to do something within a certain time frame it simply isn’t possible. For instance first time I got a visa to Saudi Arabia as a single female. Took 6 months even though one of the top royals were involved. If I had changed goal because of timing I would have missed something fantastic.

    • Catarina,

      Thank you for your insight on goals. Your perspective as an international business woman is always interesting. I perceive that you have been very goal oriented and successful at achieving your goals.

      Thanks again,

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