SMART Goals are Timely
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. -- Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001)
SMART Goals are RelevantWell, who's goals are they anyway? That's the question that you need to ask yourself. If you're setting goals because someone else thinks they're important -- or you think that they think it's important -- then you are setting yourself up for a hard road and most likely failure.
Own GoalsNobody loves an own goal in hockey or soccer. It's hard enough to win without helping the other team.
SMART Goals are Attainable
Imagine. It's Sunday afternoon at the Masters. Tiger Woods and LoneWolf are in the final pairing, coming down the 18th fairway. It could go either way...
SMART Goals are Measurable
Suppose I am planning a vacation in Florida come the spring. Obviously, Florida isn't very specific so if you read the last article I'm hoping that you're asking "Where in Florida?" We'll assume for the time being that the ultimate destination is Walt Disney World. And why not? The kids love it there. So I have a goal -- 2 wonderful weeks at a Disney Resort in Florida.
SMART Goals are Specific
Goals need to be specific. A vague goal is more harmful than no goal at all. It will lead to wasted time and frustration.
Suppose that you got into a taxi and told the driver that you wanted to go someplace fun. Where would you end up? Would the driver even bother to take you anywhere? And if he did, how would you know if you got to the right place?
Get SMART with Your Goals
In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.
Aligning Your Brain
One way that we can help to get our mind aligned with our goals is through subliminal audio messages.
Now, I know that sounds a little scary at first. If you're old enough (like me) then you probably remember all the hype about subliminal messages at movies and in advertisements that manipulated us into buying things that we really didn't want to (or at least shouldn't have). And we all hear rumours about how the military, etc. do research on how to use it for mind control.
This course is a series of pages and mini-courses with tips and resources to help you set and achieve goals. Here you will find help in finding good goals to pursue, planning, monitoring and achieving them.
Not all of these topics are covered yet, but they are in the works, so make sure to check back regularly to see what's new. Use the Course Progress Flags to keep track of where you are in the course. Soon we'll have the Watch feature set up so you can keep track of what's new better. It's a work in progress!