A SMART goal is:
The Golden Circle
The Golden circle involves what, how, and why we do things. It starts off with the most basic part of the idea or goal; the "what" aspect. Most people are conscious enough to know what they are doing. Of those people most them know "how" to do what they do. Very few people know "Why" they are doing things. Understanding why you do something is incredibly important for goal setting. If you set a goal and you don't know why you are doing it then you have a pointless goal. But if you truly know why you want to do something you can stay very focused on task.
The reason that setting SMART short term goals is so important is because the short term goals set the stage for the long term ones. The most important parts of the SMART acronym for short term goals are the "T" for timely and "R" for relevant. All short term goals need to be relevant and have a timely date of completion. This ensures that each short term goal you make is getting you closer to achieving your long term goals.
Short term goals deal more with the out parts of the circle than the inner part. Most short term goals are set with closely approaching deadlines and knowing what to do and how to do it is important. The "why" aspect is introduced a little bit but is much more prevalent with long term goals. You always want to know why you are doing something, but getting deep into the "why" with short term goals will just lead you to setting long term ones.
Long term goals need to be SMART too. It's more important to focus on the "A" portion of the SMART acronym when setting long term goals. Making sure long term goals are attainable is very important. No one wants to work their entire life only to one day realize their goals are unattainable. Making sure long term goals are attainable is what gives short term goals life. It motivates people to wake up and work every day on their short term goals with energy and care.
Long term goals deal with a lot of the "why" you do things. The inner most part of the circle is reserved for the biggest goals we have. We always know what we want, the dream car or dream job, but it's rare to find someone who knows why they want it. Knowing why you are working towards a goal is what people draw strength from when things get tough.
The experiment I ran for this learning objective involved setting 7 SMART short term goals for the seven days in the week. All while keeping the larger long term goal in the back of your mind. I decided that my seven daily goals would involve completing an exhibit a day for seven days. If I can complete those short term goals I will reach my long term goal of finishing this project in one week.
My daily SMART goals involved:
- Every day you are going to the library to work on a new objective of this project
- I will spend no less than two hours on each of my exhibits
- Go at the beginning of the day so you do not run out of time
My longer term SMART goal involved:
- finishing all seven projects by the 15th to finish the project.
I surprised myself by how committed I was to finishing this project. I only deviated away from my goal one day and that was Saturday, a day I usually take for myself. Getting an exhibit finished each day made this project go from seemingly impossible to pleasurably educational. I did not do my exhibit Saturday and that made Sunday a much harder day for. Seeing how these small goals relate to your bigger ones is absolutely astonishing because they have so much to do with each other!
After completing this exhibit I think it is important for me to set weekly, monthly and yearly goals moving forward with 2017. If I can bring my A game every week, my monthly goals will work out and then eventually my yearly goals will too.