Criteria By Which To Evaluate Your Goals
Posted on December 20, 2010 by Greg Clowminzer, One of Thousands of Business Coaches on Noomii.
Tip's on creating goals and the criteria by which to evaluate them.
State your goal in positive terms. Describe the outcome in terms of what you want rather than that you don’t want. Be positive. You attract what you think about and what you focus your attention on, whether it’s what you want to what you don’t want. What specifically do you want?
Can your goal be initiated and maintained by you? Is achieving the outcome within your control?
Describe your outcome in sensory-based words. How will you know when you have reached your desired outcome? What will you see, hear, and feel when you have it?
Is your goal testable and measurable? By when will you achieve your desired outcome?
What will you be measuring?
What is your starting point?
Congruent. Is your desired outcome aligned with your highest good?
Is it aligned with who you are and what’s important to you?
Does it create/contribute to a ‘win-win’ situation for all affected?
Proceed if you answered “yes” to all three questions. If not, closely examine what you want and why.
Is your desired outcome SMART?
- Specific: Identify exactly what you want. Describe the outcome in detail.
- Measurable: Quantify your outcomes – how much, how big, what size, etc.
- Action: Plan your work; work your plan. Prioritize the many tasks at hand.
- Realistic: You can accomplish the outcome if you make a reasonable stretch.
- Time Targets: Designate a target date for completion.
Now make a powerful, concise statement of your SMART, Well-Formed Desired Outcome!
1. What is the outcome of getting this outcome? What will happen if you get what you want?
- How will getting the outcome affect your life?
- What will you gain if you achieve your outcome?
- What becomes possible if you achieve it?
- What won’t happen if you achieve it?
- What will happen if you don’t achieve it?
- Does the outcome increase the choices available to you?
- Does achieving the outcome add value to you and your life?
- Does achieving the outcome add value to those impacted by the outcome?
- Does achieving the outcome add value to those indirectly impacted?
- Does achieving the outcome add value to our children’s children’s children?
2. In what context is the outcome preferable? Where, when, how, and with whom do you want it?
If not all the time, when specifically?
What are other options when it is not desired?
3. How do you know the outcome is worth getting? This may be the most important criteria of all.
- When you are actively involved in tasks required to achieve the outcome or when you
- think about achieving it, are you excited?
- Are you passionate about doing what’s necessary?
- Do you get to share your gifts?
- Do you experience joy while you are achieving the outcome?
- If the answers to these questions are “yes”, chances are that the outcome is worth getting.
4. Create many ways to get the outcome. Generate at least three options so you can truly be at choice.
5. What resources are needed? What resources do you already have? Which ones will you need to get?
- Have you ever had or done your desired outcome before?
- Do you know anyone who has?
- You might want to talk to them, read books about them, do what you can to learn from them.
6. First steps are specific and achievable. Make a list of the steps that have already come to mind and prioritize them. Then take action. As you do, new steps and new possibilities will become apparent.
Make a habit of exploring each outcome or goal in terms of these criteria. You will become competent and confident in your ability to create and choose outcomes that inspire and motivate you.
Once you have developed a well-formed outcome, review it with your coach.
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