Monday, January 4, 2010

Setting S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals for the new decade

With a new year many of us have made resolutions. Thing is, they're more like wishes and are rarely accomplished. How about starting this new decade by setting goals that can be achieved? I'm not usually high on acronyms, but this one seems to hit the mark: S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals are specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic, time-bound, able to be evaluated or adjusted and provide a reward when accomplished. President John F. Kennedy set such a goal before a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961, "I believe this nation should commit itself to achieve the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth." Was it accomplished? Of course! On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin walked on the moon and returned safely to earth. What are your goals for the new year? For the new decade?

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