2020 SMART Goals

You have to be specific if you want to be terrific.

— Tom Hopkins —

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” ~Pablo Picasso

Yesterday I discussed the first step…reducing our goal to writing…in helping us vigorously act (see Picasso’s quote), as we work toward achieving our goal/resolution for the new year.

The next step in the planning process is noting two or three key objectives we MUST accomplish in order to achieve our goal(s).

These Objectives must be SMART:

  •  Specific
  •  Measurable
  •  Achievable
  •  Realistic
  •  Time-Bound

  1. My first objective in completing a full Ironman was to find one that suited my competitive abilities. I gave myself two weeks (Specific & Time-bound) to accomplish this objective. I knew that in order to give me the best chance of becoming an Ironman, I needed to find a flat bike course that did not include an ocean swim. I am a below average bike rider if it includes hills and/or mountains and I do not like swimming long distances in saltwater (Achievable & Realistic). There were no clear Measurables with this first objective other than completing it.
  2. My second objective was to research and find a training plan that was conducive to my schedule (Specific, Achievable, Realistic). I gave myself two weeks (Time-Bound) to accomplish this objective. Once again, there were no Measurables with this objective other than completing it.
  3. Once I achieved the first two objectives, I was ready for the most important objective–the execution of the training plan. My third objective was to train according to plan, six days a week with an 85% accomplishment rate. This meant that I always trained at least five days a week–85% of six days–(Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Time-Bound).

What is your resolution/goal for 2020?

Have you written it down?

Have you created two or three SMART objectives–i.e. your PLAN, in order to enhance your ability to achieve your goal?

Tomorrow I will close out this journey by discussing the key elements in bringing your plan to life.

Proverbs 22:5, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.”



P.E.A.C.E. for Dreamers…

P – (Plan) A dream remains a dream until it is written down. Putting your dream in writing is the first step in creating a PLAN to achieve it.

E – (Effort) Turning your dream into reality requires a commitment to putting forth consistent and focused EFFORT toward the execution of your plan.

A – (Attitude) If you think you can achieve your dream, you will. Your ATTITUDE always determines your altitude in life.

C – (Community) Nothing great in life happens by doing it alone. The chances of realizing your dream expand as your COMMUNITY of positive mentors and peers expand.

E – (Energy) Chasing and attaining your dream requires optimal levels of mental, physical, and spiritual ENERGY. Take care of yourself!

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