Five Key Characteristics of
Successful Goal Setting
Setting goals is something you
probably already recognize is
necessary for success. And you
probably have heard your goals...
S.M.A.R.T.
 Specific
 Measurable
 Achievable
 Relevant
 Time-bound
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S.M.A.R.T.
 These concepts
were born in 1968,
when Dr Edwin
Locke published
his pioneering
article "Toward a
Theory of Ta...
S.M.A.R.T.
 Locke's research showed that employees
showed increased motivation when they
had clear goals and appropriate ...
Goal Setting
 Together Locke and Latham outlined five
key characteristics of successful goal
setting.
◦ Clarity
◦ Challen...
Clarity
 When a goal is
specific and has a
definite time set for
completion, there is
less misunderstanding
about what is...
Challenge
 Make your goals
challenging, but
well short of
impossible. Seeing
yourself achieve a
lofty goal, and
with it a...
Commitment
 One version of SMART, as used in
manager/employee scenarios, has A and R
standing for Agreed and Realistic in...
Feedback
 Feedback is
important so you can
adjust goal difficulty
when necessary, and
reward yourself. If it
is taking to...
Task Complexity
 If your goals are highly complex, take care
to ensure that the work doesn't become too
overwhelming.
 G...
Goal Setting
 The whole point of
goal setting is
success. Make sure
the conditions
surrounding your
goals don't keep
you ...
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  1. 1. Five Key Characteristics of Successful Goal Setting
  2. 2. Setting goals is something you probably already recognize is necessary for success. And you probably have heard your goals should be "SMART" goals. But did you know there's solid research behind this well-known acronym? http://dna56.com/share
  3. 3. S.M.A.R.T.  Specific  Measurable  Achievable  Relevant  Time-bound http://dna56.com/share
  4. 4. S.M.A.R.T.  These concepts were born in 1968, when Dr Edwin Locke published his pioneering article "Toward a Theory of Task Motivation and Incentives.“ http://dna56.com/share
  5. 5. S.M.A.R.T.  Locke's research showed that employees showed increased motivation when they had clear goals and appropriate feedback  Aware of Dr. Locke's work, Dr Gary Latham, another American researcher, also studied the effect of goal setting in the workplace. His results supported exactly what Locke had found. http://dna56.com/share
  6. 6. Goal Setting  Together Locke and Latham outlined five key characteristics of successful goal setting. ◦ Clarity ◦ Challenge ◦ Commitment ◦ Feedback ◦ Task complexity http://dna56.com/share
  7. 7. Clarity  When a goal is specific and has a definite time set for completion, there is less misunderstanding about what is expected http://dna56.com/share
  8. 8. Challenge  Make your goals challenging, but well short of impossible. Seeing yourself achieve a lofty goal, and with it a more valuable or higher reward, will motivate you to do a good job. http://dna56.com/share
  9. 9. Commitment  One version of SMART, as used in manager/employee scenarios, has A and R standing for Agreed and Realistic instead of Attainable and Relevant.  Agreed goals lead to commitment, and both parties must agree the goal is Realistic.  But if you’re self-employed, the same concepts hold true. The harder the goal, the more commitment is required. http://dna56.com/share
  10. 10. Feedback  Feedback is important so you can adjust goal difficulty when necessary, and reward yourself. If it is taking too long to reach a goal, for example, it may need to be broken down into more Achievable chunks. http://dna56.com/share
  11. 11. Task Complexity  If your goals are highly complex, take care to ensure that the work doesn't become too overwhelming.  Give yourself enough time to meet the goal, and if necessary, build in extra time to learn new skills or find required resources, or chunk it down as above. http://dna56.com/share
  12. 12. Goal Setting  The whole point of goal setting is success. Make sure the conditions surrounding your goals don't keep you from accomplishing them http://dna56.com/share
  13. 13. Discover the essential building blogs of online success at http://dna56.com/share

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