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THE ATTITUDE TECHNIQUE SETTING and ACCOMPLISHING YOUR GOALS. 50% of achieving your goal……. …is simply setting your goal!. Then WHY IS IT SO HARD??????. LEARNING OUTCOMES. The Attitude Technique SMART Goal Setting Benefits of Planning Understanding Success (even if goal was not attained).
LEARNING OUTCOMES • The Attitude Technique • SMART Goal Setting • Benefits of Planning • Understanding Success (even if goal was not attained)
The Attitude TechniqueYou shape and control your life with the powers that you have been given • Make a commitment • Set a target (date, number, time) • Assemble the ingredients (what you put into your mind and soul, people w/which you surround yourself, proper equipment). • Give unselfishly • Visualization • Believe that it’s going to happen • Expect to Win!
In 1953, a study was conducted of the graduates of Yale University. They were asked if they had a clear, specific set of goals written down with a plan for achieving those goals. Only 3% had written such goals. Twenty years later, researchers went back and interviewed the surviving members of that class. They discovered that the 3% with written specific goals were worth more in financial terms than the entire other 97% combined.
A GOAL WITHOUT A PLAN IS JUST A WISH – Antoine de Saint-Exupery I‘VE FAILED OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN MY LIFE AND THAT IS WHY I SUCCEED Michael Jordan Smart Goals
SMART:Specific • A specific goal will usually answer the five "W" questions: • What: What do I want to accomplish? • Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal. • Who: Who is involved? • Where: Identify a location. • Which: Identify requirements and constraints. • It helps if you can picture it clearly
SMART: Measureable • A measurable goal will usually answer questions such as: • How much? • How many? • How will I know when it is accomplished? • It helps if there’s an objective, defined point
SMART:Attainable • An attainable goal will usually answer the question: • Is this goal realistic? Even if it may be a stretch. • It helps if your goal and your commitment level are well matched
SMART: Relevant • A relevant goal can answer yes to these questions: • Does this seem worthwhile? • Is this the right time? • Does this match our other efforts/needs? • Are you the right person?
SMART: Time-bound • A time-bound goal will usually answer the question: • When? • What can I do today? • What can I do 6 weeks/months/years from now? • It helps if the time frame is close enough to energize you
VagueGoal:Example • Vague Goal: I want better grades • How do we make it SMART???? • Specific • Measureable • Attainable • Relevant • Time-bound
SMARTGoal: Example I will study every week, attend all classes, ask the professor questions, and use the LRC or classmates as resources to attain better grades • Specific -- YES!!! • Measureable -- YES!!! • Attainable -- YES!!! • Relevant -- YES!!! • Time-bound -- YES!!!
SMART GOALS: TIME • What is the #1 excuse people give for not following through with their goals?
SMART GOALS: PLANNING • AN INVESTMENT • Planning is leveraged time. • 20 minutes of planning will save HOURS later • STRUCTURE • Planning provides the method for informed DECISION making. • Establishes a framework that facilitates making smarter and more PROACTIVE choices about how to use your time. • PLAN your work --- WORK your plan
SMART GOALS: PLANNING • STOP PUTTING OUT FIRES • Planning reduces CRISIS management. • Less likelihood of any critical issues coming up. • A plan makes it easier to deal with the unexpected. • FOCUSING YOUR EFFORTS • Focus enables you to CHANNEL your energy positively into reaching your desired outcome. • Focus leads to accomplishing tasks EFFICIENTLY • DIRECTION • Planning allows you to set PRIORITIES and focus on what is important.
SMART GOALS: PLANNING • CLEANING HOUSE • Eliminate bad HABITS and fear of failure. • Sticking to a plan makes you more likely to break some bad habits you might have • ie. surfing around the net without really accomplishing anything • By establishing a plan and sticking to it you are less likely to FAIL.
“Failure”– A Silver lining??? • Gets you closer to attaining goal next time • Can still serve to remove the fear of moving forward • Can serve to re-frame/re-define your plan • Provides learning/experience • Better to attain 90% of a goal, then to never try • Your peers will still be impressed
Achieving a goal is not a “straight line” Accept & Prepare for setbacks as part of the process
SMARTER Goals • The importance of ER • E – Evaluate • How can you measure success without evaluation? • Utilize the SMART goal as the basis of your evaluation – did you meet your objective? • R – Reward • Completing the goal is a reward in itself but treat yourself to something
Time Management: AUDIT • Planning your time is just as important is planning anything else • TIME AUDIT: For 1 week record everything that you do for each 24 hour period • Work • Class • Sleep • Exercise • Social • Wasted Time You only live once – is it really worth wasting time when there is so much else you could be doing?
SMARTGoal: Example • Vague Goal: Get a Job • How do we make it SMART • Specific • Measureable • Attainable • Relevant • Time-bound