Saturday, January 17, 2009

More, Better, Different

When setting goals, I have seen clients and friends say they want more of something or for things to get better or be different. This can show up as wanting to lose more weight, make more money, or get a better job. However, by being vague, it is difficult to know when you have achieved your objective. And it is also challenging to create specific, measurable action steps to get there if you don’t know exactly where there is.

Consider declaring something specific. For example, instead of saying you want to make more money this year, define it as a specific amount and consider ways you can make it happen. This might be in the form of spending less through budgeting (net effect: more money in savings), or in taking on X number of clients, or creating a new job situation. Whatever the goal, set yourself up to win by being clear about what you are going after.

Remember SMART Goal Setting:

S – specific
M – measurable
A – achievable, action-oriented
R – realistic, relevant
T – time-bound, trackable

I have a PowerPoint deck I’m happy to share with you that explains this more fully if you’d like a copy. Send me an email to and I’ll pass it along.

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