What do well written goals look like? What characteristics define them?
SMART goals summarise this well
Specific – The goal needs to be stated with great clarity and focussed on a single defined end outcome or result
Measurable – The goal needs to clearly state how you will know if it is achieved or completed
Attainable – The goal needs to be achievable. It can be a stretch and you may not know how it will be attained, but you believe it can be attained
Relevant – The goal needs to be relevant and consistent with higher level goals. Its achievement must be seen to fit into an overall strategy or higher level purpose
Timely – A time period for full goal achievement needs to be set in advance. Deadlines focus effort and completion
Goals built with these characteristics embedded, are worthy goals with a strong focus and intention on successful completion. They are also much more likely to be achieved