Whether in leading oneself or a team, identifying SMART goals can help you focus your efforts and that of your team. When you feel lost or adrift, having lost your steam, take pause and think about your goals. What do you really need and want for yourself? What do you really need and want for your team?
SMART has become a popular and well known acronym for setting goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. Yet, it is easy enough to forget this and sometimes, when you are not accomplishing anything or when your team is not working together synergistically, the root of the problem may be that you and the team have lost sight of the goals, or the old goals need to be revisited and changed.
If you find yourself getting too busy on busywork, avoid the potential activity trap by taking time out to identify what are truly most important for you. Who do you want to become? What do you want to achieve?
What do you want? This can be a very powerful question that many don’t ask themselves. If you know what you want and why, the rest follows.
So, what do you want this 2016? How does this fit into your career plans, your overall life plan? Write down your goals now. Don’t worry about wordsmithing them at this time. It’s more important to capture what’s in your heart. You can always refine them later.