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The Art of the S.M.A.R.T. Goal (Part 5)

By Mike T. Smith

Open Mike for webNo kid ever says, “When I grow up I just want to take what life gives me. The goal is survival.”
Nope, that has never happened. Kids are dreamers.
They’re goal setters, but as the years pass we lose sight of goals and become content (notice I didn’t say happy) with simply surviving. This includes yours truly.
The great thing is at any moment you can decide to get back to that exciting part of your life. Get back to goals setting again. It is one of the things that keep life exciting and evolving. I often say that the day someone stops setting goals is the day that they lose their zest for life.
There is a simple concept to goal setting and application. It’s way more effective than the  “Let’s throw it against the wall and see what sticks’ approach most people run with. It’s called S.M.A.R.T. goals. Notice the dots between the letters. That means its official and you should take it seriously.  Let’s dive into what each letter means and my take on it.
For your review here is where I explain ’S.’­art­of­the­s­m­a­r­t­goal/.
And here is where I explain ‘M.’­art­of­the­s­m­a­r­t­goal­part­2/
Here is ‘A.’­art­of­the­s­m­a­r­t­goat­part­3/
Now what about ‘R’? Well, I’m glad you asked. It’s right here.­art­of­the­s­m­a­r­t­goal­part­three/. Now. Drum roll please, with our special guest drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (hey if I dream big I get to pick the drummer that I want).
Finally, the ’T’ in S.M.A.R.T. Goals.
T­ Timely. Put a timetable on your goal. Why is this important? It’s important because ‘someday’ rarely happens. ‘Someday’ never creates a sense of urgency.
There’s always a tomorrow, but there is only one November 2, 2015. Having a specific date puts your subconscious mind at work. It will not let you sit on the couch too long if you have a burning desire to do something and a short amount of time to do it.
If we stay with our weight loss example. You want to lose ten pounds, and you want to lose it by November 2, 2015, which is your ten year high school reunion.
Think of how productive you are at the office the day before you take a week long vacation. You have a goal of tying up whatever loose ends you may have so your job is easier when you come back.
That covers every letter in S.M.A.R.T. Now take ten minutes, get a pen and paper and set your goal. Make it specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. Good luck to you.
This will be my last OPEN MIKE article in The Millington Star. I have enjoyed serving the Millington community. Sign up for my email newsletter at for updates and motivational newsletter. God bles
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