SMARTER goals in 2022!


This year really is not starting how we had all hoped it would. Despite these frustrating setbacks, many of us still have goals for 2022 and we shouldn’t shy away even if we are stuck inside for a while. 

With that in mind, I want to remind you of SMARTER goals which I learned after attending a nonfiction writers’ workshop in 2019. Many of us are familiar with SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. SMART goals operate well in an organization where project management and meeting deadlines are important, and can also be a great tool for personal growth and development.

The SMARTER framework takes things to the next level – we all would like to level up right?! – and here is how they are defined: 

Sensational: Your goals should cause you excitement. If your goals impact others, you want to provoke interest and attraction. This excitement is motivation to keep going when it gets hard.

Moving:  We know the highest performers usually have a really strong why and are motivated and keep their why in their sight. Be sure your goals answer the question "Why is this important to me and what will happen if I don’t do ‘x’?”  Be attached to your why.

Aspirational: Your goals need to involve things you are striving toward. Have a big picture of where you are heading and be sure plays a part in forming that picture.

Relevant:  Your goals must have meaning. They should also connect and align strongly with your values, operating principles, and how you live your life. 

Timeless:  Be future focused. Make sure to know what direction you are heading and extend it into the future. 

Elevating: Your goals should help you level up. If you are not growing you are not elevating. Stretch goals are great, but continually check them to be sure they are elevating you and create them for success in achieving them versus creating goals too hard to reach. 

Relatable: Your goals also have to relate to those you want to impact: customers, family, community, and most importantly yourself.

I think that on a more personal level if we develop SMARTER goals first, our SMART goals will be better planned and will inspire us to achieve them. 

Here’s to you and your growth in 2022!


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