There is a reason why fellow Church members David Neeleman, Kevin Rollins, Clayton Christensen, Jim Quigley, Jon Huntsman Sr., and many other Church members have become successful business leaders. The reason…they attended the same business school every Sunday morning.
Not long ago, I sat in Elder’s Quorum listening to the previous E.Q.P. give a really good lesson on effective time management. Last year in Sacrament meeting our High Councilman, the CEO of a national multi-billion-dollar chemical and propulsion company, gave a talk about financial management and being wise stewards of our personal finance expenditures.
A couple years ago I sat in Sacrament meeting and listened to a talk on S.M.A.R.T. Goals. My ears perked up once SMART Goals were mentioned because I share SMART Goals with my clients everyday.. Maybe you’ve heard of SMART Goals before or maybe you haven’t. Here’s a refresher.
In my job as a personal coach, I explain to my clients, SMART is an acronym; it stands for:
In order for a goal to have chance of being achieved it has to have these pieces to it.
Start off by answering these questions:
Why do I want to achieve my goal (Relevant)?
What is my goal (Specific and Measurable)?
When do I want to achieve my goal (Time Dimensioned)?
How am I going to achieve my goal?
- In answering the What question, make sure that you include a number with your goal. Quantifying your goal will allow you to know exactly if you achieved your goal.
- In the How question, start breaking down the How’s of how you are going to achieve the goal. First, I need to do this…, Second, I need to do this… etc. Make sure that your How’s include creating a team of advisors who can help fill in the gaps in your learning.
- Be sure to include a Start and Stop date for the When. Many times clients will write the Stop date as “Never.” They will say, “I’ll never stop. Not me! Never!” They have missed the point to the Stop date. You have to include a drop-dead date where everything stops. This forces you to look backwards and ask, “What went right? What went wrong? Was I too aggressive? Was I not aggressive enough?” Answering these questions will help you in setting goals and planning for the future.
As a personal coach, I see the real-world value that just attending our meetings has for us. Many times in our prayers we ask, “Please help us to use it in our daily lives.” But how many of us actually lift our heads up from our phones, tablets, or even our scriptures to really listening to what the Spirit has prompted the speaker to tell us? How many of us then seek for ways to actually use this valuable information as a benefit in our lives?