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Why Should You Take the Goal to Heart?

I shared in my last blog about changing ourselves that I would talk about goal setting in this post. I have only one purpose today: helping you to remember how to set an effective goal.

How Do I Set An Effective Goal?

Many people mistake a dream or a wish or a desire for a goal. They are not. But, every goal will have 5 specific parts that are clearly defined: They are:

1. Able to be accomplished,
2. Clear,
3. Something that you actually do,
4. Measurable, and
5. Timed

The most popular way to remember how to set goals seems to be the SMART method. SMART is an acronym for:

S— specific
M— measurable
A— achievable
R— realistic
T— timed

Why I Don’t Like SMART Goals

“SMART” is a good acronym for goal setting, but I don’t like it because it is an acronym, and I don’t like acronyms. They are troublesome for 2 reasons.

1. It is difficult to remember what each letter stands for. Is the “s” for “smart” or “simple” or “singular” or “Seattle?” I can never remember, so acronyms aren’t very useful to me.

2. More importantly, they are not natural for our brains because they are based on words and our brains were not built for words. When you think, you do not think in words, you think in ideas and pictures. If I tell you a story about a little brown rabbit in the forest, you don’t think the letters “rabbit,” tree,” “grass.” You see a picture of a rabbit in your mind.

What Really Does Work Well?

If you will use pictures to memorize important information, you can recall details much more quickly and easily, and for longer periods of time than by using acronyms.


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So, when you want to set a goal, think of “Take the Goal to Heart” and remember the picture above. Our friend, the goal-setting heart, is what you should see in your mind that reminds you of the 5 important parts of a goal.

1. Contract in right hand—A goal is obtainable; it can be done just as a contract is an agreement to get something done.

2. Glasses—the goal is clear. You know exactly what to do.

3. Hammer in the left hand—You actually have to do something. It is actual work.

4. Ruler in the left hand—It is measurable. You know exactly when it is accomplished and when it is not.

5. Pocket watch—It is timed. The goal should be done by a certain date and time.

Instead of trying to remember what SMART means, just picture the heart in your head and the 5 parts of the heart cartoon will remind you to “Take the Goal to Heart.”

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