In the most recent comments we have been asked what types of SMART Performance Goals Examples have we found to be most useful.The one thing that I know from experience and reading other thought leaders on the subject is that you must make your goals clear and concise. I have seen examples that try and get to wordy and this can lead to confusion. I ask my team to write their goals in the following format so that if someone were to pick up their goals without them present they would be able to understand what they are trying to accomplish. I found this great excerpt on leadership goals examples..
- Goal Example Step 1: Describe your goal in present tense
- Goal Example Step 2: Write down your goal in 1st person. You must take responsibility for your actions so you goals need to be about you, now about others.
- Goal Example Step 3: Describe the accomplishment of your goal using all five senses. Describe the accomplishment of your goal using sight, sound, smell, feeling, taste. Goal example, imagine yourself looking down at you and you reached your goal, describe it so it is real to you, real in your mind.
- Goal Example Step 4: Identify the evidence of achieving the goal. What physical evidence will exist that you have achieved your goal, maybe money is one of those markers, however be careful money does not motivate people, doing things for others does. Goal example: What if you made enough money to buy a new car for your mother, describe that result, that accomplishment.
- Goal Example Step 5: Must have a deadline for achieving the goal. You must decide when you want to accomplish your goal. Decide.
- Your description above needs to be detailed enough that you can see yourself or feel yourself in the picture you are describing. The better you can describe this, in more detail, the more emotional the attachment you will have to the goal, and emotion is the magic fuel that allows you to overcome everything….More at Growth Mindset – Leadership Training: How to Write a Goal …
If you are clear on what you are trying to accomplish through your performance goals and set a timeline on when you will accomplish them you are more likely to achieve them.