After working with the leaders with setting a vision and sharing it with their team, I next work with them on setting goals. Usually these goals fall along the lines of earning the National Honor Patrol or going on Patrol Activities that their Patrol is interested in. Either way, these goals need to fall in line with their stated vision. To move them forward on this, I introduce them to concepts that they’ll learn in NYLT. Here’s the lesson:
Goals are SMART if they are Specific (clear, understandable), Measurable (you know when you are done), Attainable (you can do it), Relevant (why you are doing it), and Timely (done when it is needed). How SMART are your goals?
Question: “How do you eat an elephant?”
Answer: “One bite at a time!”
Goals are the steps that move us toward our vision. Vision is the elephant. Goals are the bites of the elephant. How do you realize a vision? One goal at a time.
The best goals are SMART Goals. Smart, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely
Specific means clear and understandable. A goal needs to be specific. Everyone needs to know exactly what’s involved.
How do you know if you’re done? You need a way to measure your goal so that you know when you have completed it.
Attainable means it can be done. “I see myself as a famous rock star” might be a goal of yours, but it is unlikely to be fully realized – or is it? Is it a vision or a goal? It’s a vision! It’s big, it’s a dream!
A goal can be challenging, but you should be able to see how you can reach it. It needs to be relevant – a step along the way to your vision. “I want to play the guitar really well.” That’s a much more attainable goal, one that fits the SMART Goals test and is necessary to be a famous rock star.
Relevant begs the question, Why you are doing it?
All goals need to be related to achieving the vision, no matter how large or how small, whether they are short-term goals or long-term goals. If the goal is not connected to reaching the vision, why are you doing it?
Completing goals needs to happen within a certain amount of time. Otherwise, you can get stuck pursuing one goal and not move forward toward your vision. As you lay out goals, predict how long each will take. If one is going to require a great deal of time, it might be wise to break it into several smaller goals. Instead of trying to eat the elephant with huge mouthfuls, you are cutting it up into manageable bites.
Your Vision will only be a dream if you don’t plan out the steps to get there. To reach goals, you must work together and be smart about the goals you set. Your goals must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely if you want to be SMART about them!
Here’s all of the lessons if you are interested: Training for Leaders