The origin of the S.M.A.R.T. goal can be traced to Dr. Edwin Locke in his paper called “Toward a Theory of Task Motivation and Incentives”. He look at how organization can be more efficient and have a higher performance by setting “do goals”.
Creating a S.M.A.R.T. goal helps create a “to do list of actions” that one can refer to at any time in the process of achieving a goal. It helps evaluate if you are going in the right direction or if you should change your course.
Define a goal that scares you because for aiming the moon you may land on a star. Now let see what is means:
Can you clearly answer the following question?
- Where does it happen?
- When does it happen?
- How does it happen?
- With whom does it happen?
- What does happen?
Can I measure how far / close I am from achieving my goal?
What will you see / hear / feel / touch ? Can you count it?
Do you have the resources / energy / competencies / skills to achieve it?
Are you willing to attain this goal? Does this goal fits your vision?
What is your DEADline? When does it have to be done?
A goal without a deadline is just a dream. – Robert Herjavec