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Change: Be SMARTER about It.

We all know change isn’t easy… right? Personal change is hard enough: all the reflection, commitment and self-recognition that goes in to change can be exhausting.

Well if it is so hard to change yourself, isn’t it even harder to change an organization? I say no.

I say change isn’t hard because of one thing: Attitude. When change is imminent, attitude is everything. You must have a positive attitude about the tough road of change ahead. And that, my friends, makes all the difference.

In addition to a positive attitude, it helps to have a plan for change. A roadmap of sorts. What always works for me, personally and professionally, is the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goal-setting template. I’ve been using this for personal and business goals as I kicked off 2013, so I feel compelled to share it with you, my loyal blog readers. Here’s to setting SMARTER goals in 2013!

SMARTER means that goals should be…

Specific. What do I/we want to accomplish?

Measurable. How will I/we know when our goal is accomplished?

Actionable. Is the goal something that I/we can do something about?

Results-Oriented. Will this goal help me/we achieve other goals toward our desired end state/mission?

Time-Specific. Have I/we committed to a realistic deadline?

Enjoyable. Will I/we feel fulfilled in achieving this goal?

Relevant. Does this goal match other efforts?

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