Many of us have likely heard of SMART goals. It’s a real staple of performance goal setting. However, for goals to be truly effective, they should be SMARTER.
Broad goals aren’t helpful. Just saying I want to be a better employee isn’t going to make me a better employee. When setting a goal, we need to make sure that we are being specific.
How will we know we have grown if we aren’t measuring it? When working towards a goal, we need to make sure that is measurable. Using Truvelop's Evaluation tool can help indicate measurable growth.
Goals should be challenging but achievable. It should push us without being something that is completely unrealistic.
The goal should matter to us. If we don’t believe in the goal, then we aren’t going to work towards it. Finding goals that are in alignment with our values and our organization’s values is really important in terms of keeping us motivated and engaged in a long term journey.
If we don’t put a deadline on something, it falls to the wayside. It isn’t a priority. Putting a deadline on it places some accountability for us to take the right steps to help us grow.
Evaluate and Review
We live in an agile world so we need agile goal setting. Evaluating where we are on our path towards meeting our goal is essential to actually meeting it. If we need to make adjustments, then let’s make adjustments! If we need to adjust the route to still meet the destination, then let’s do it. Sometimes we need to make a detour and that’s okay! Let’s determine what is helping us to meet our goals and what isn’t and adjust from there.