Setting Goals

The dust has settled a bit on all the tweets you may have been seeing about setting 2022 goals. A lot of the content I've seen on goal setting has been revenue based. Here's my take on two methods to set goals.

1. SMART goals

This is probably what you're used to seeing in books, goals should be
  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound

2. Choose an outcome.

I like to set my goals by linking them to an outcome. What do I mean? Here's the same goal, under each method.

SMART approach:-

Increase my flexibility to be able to touch my toes by the end of the year.

  • It's Specific - be able to touch my toes
  • Measurable - by whether I can reach my toes or not
  • Achievable - I hope so.
  • Realistic - Sure, I'm not saying I want to grow 10 inches taller
  • Time-bound - by the end of the year. Sounds good.
Outcome based:-

Join a gym & do ten toe to bar exercises with straight legs (by the end of the year).

This links the same goal to an outcome. I may have other things I can link to the outcome. My inability to touch my toes might be linked to other things
  • My diets not the best - is my belly getting in the way
  • Other muscles may also be tight
Through linking this to an outcome, I can generally set my sights on improving in that area. The end result will be I should be able to touch my toes.

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