It’s highly imperative that a CEO should place strategic focus on setting, implementing and managing personal short-term goals. They are just as important if not more important than longer term goals. You have to remember a good life strategy tip: S.M.A.R.T short-term goals are the life strategy catalysts for a CEO’s personal growth development, leadership, tips, ideas, strategies & implementation. Having a good catalyst by your side can help you to soar and grow in your life, career, relationships and business.
You have to do some critical thinking and strategic thinking about this so let’s begin:
What are your strategic S.M.A.R.T short-term goals all about?
Are they about your family, becoming a better CEO, personal leadership growth, financial, how to get along with others, better communication skills, changing your attitude, being more artistic, writing a book, helping the homeless, creating a new business, getting a new business partner, creating more ideas, restarting your goal planning strategy etc, etc…..
S.M.A.R.T short-term goals are the catalyst that leads a CEO into a progressive success strategy with longer-term goals & more short-term goals for various issues with a CEO’s personal leadership growth.
S.M.A.R.T short-term goals are a CEO’s foundation & catalyst to create life strategies for S.M.A.R.T long-term goals.
When you are working with this type of strategy they become your immediate milestones on your way to something bigger and something better such as your overall arching personal ideas, goals, visions, mission & strategies; whatever they might be. You can not achieve something without taking smaller strategic steps first such as starting with a strategic life strategy plan for your short-term goals. That type of strategic thinking process is exactly what a CEO needs on a daily basis.
Think about them like this: you might have one short-term goal or 100 short-term goals but it’s all about the life strategy that you will use to develop them, implement them, manage them and make progress to achieve them. Try to work towards achieving them within a few days, a few weeks, a few months to a year from today: give or take a few minor days. They are always less than a year.
It’s all about how you structure your goals in combination with your life strategies as you write them down. That’s one of the keyword phrases: write them down in a strategic manner.
What I mean by that is you need a strategy on how you will write down, label & structure, organize, prioritize, strategize, take action on, redo & manage your goals,
- Where will you write them down,
- how will you organize them and prioritize them,
- how will you implement them,
- how will you keep track of them,
- how you will redo your mistakes, failures, setbacks, confusions, and mismanagement,
- how will you remind yourself about which ones that you have accomplished,
- how you accomplished them and when you accomplished them,
- and which ones you can’t accomplish,
- the ones that you need help with or the ones that you need to restructure as a longer term goal
- or to take them completely off of your to-do list.
You can work on them by yourself or you can incorporate someone or several people that are important to you that will help to devise better life strategies for your short-term goals. They could help you to convert your personal goals, missions, visions, ideas and long-term strategic objectives into your top personal performance targets with strategies. If you look at it like that then you’ll greatly improve on your life strategy of short-term goal development.
First and foremost; it’s imperative that you track how you are trying to accomplish your goals and why. Like I said: “You need to write them down and not just think about them.” In the process of you writing them down, you need to do some critical thinking and some strategic thinking.
As you work towards completing your S.M.A.R.T short-term goals you need to look at and track your personal performance and progress for those goals.
When you work towards setting more effective short-term goals to track your personal performance and progress they have to be more specific. What I mean by being more specific is that you need make them state strategic specific details about how much of the kinds of short-term goals that you want to accomplish, how they will be accomplished and by when they need to be accomplished. Also you need to include more details about your goals such as the steps that you need to accomplish them.
What do you need to do on a daily basis and the times that you need to do things or who do you need to talk to about how to improve on your personal performance. Who do you need to help you to make better improvements to achieve your short-term goals and by when they need to be accomplished. Your goals need to be strategic, specific and you most importantly need to do some critical thinking and strategic thinking about this.
As you work towards implementing your short-term goals it is imperative that you have a life strategy for critical thinking and strategic thinking because without a good solid life strategy for those 2 you might not achieve your short-term goals and/ or make too many mistakes along the way.
They have to be relevant, achievable and aggressive strategies & targets towards what you are trying to pursue. They must be stated in measurable and quantifiable terms. You have to do some critical thinking and strategic thinking in order for you to set your SMART short-term goals. I highly suggest that when you strategize to create your short-term goals: be specific & SMART.
You can start being S.M.A.R.T by becoming:
S = Specific short-term goals.
Your goals have to be specific. What exactly are you trying to pursue and obtain? Get down to the nitty gritty of things: the who, why, what are you trying to do, your strategies & action plans, what you shouldn’t do or redo, want do you want to achieve, who’s involved, how much and what kind, what to do, what not to do, how to, what color, where at, your destination, how many, who’s involved etc…
Try to answer as many questions that you can about being specific, very detailed, write things down in a rough draft in your goal notebook. 1st before you finalize your copy; create your rough draft copy with each goal that you write out & do some critical thinking. Then create a combined rough draft list of all of your goals.
Example, list them as a, b, c, 1,2,3, titles, categories, definitions, implementation strategies, motivation cards etc… After you do that, then reread over your rough draft, do some critical thinking about them and do some strategic thinking. You need to create a short-term goal journal today.
M = Measurable short-term goals.
Your measurable short-term goals are a big part of your life strategy of strategic management planning. You will have to be able to measure how far you’ve come with achieving your goals. You will have to manage your goals in terms of how you write them down, how you will accomplish them, how you will keep things on track, how you will have to make some adjustments, how you might have to put some things on the back burner and do them later, how you will have to correct your mistakes and failures with your goals etc, etc…
Again, they have to be managed correctly with your life strategy of strategic management. You need to be strategic about them. You need strategic management for your short-term goals. They must be stated in quantifiable terms, or otherwise they’re only good intentions that are leading you nowhere. They’re just sitting there on paper or lingering in your mind. You shouldn’t want that and that doesn’t make you a productive or progressive CEO.
Measurable goals facilitate your life strategy of strategic management, strategic thinking, strategic planning, strategic implementation, and strategic control.
A = Attainable short-term goals.
Let’s do some critical thinking here: How attainable are your short term goals?
Can you really reach one or more goals? Is it too much for you by yourself?
What are your strategic steps that you have to make to achieve them?
As you think you must write things in a rough draft. Your rough draft is a big part of your life strategy planning for your short-term goals. They should help you to aim higher just as well as your larger longer term goals. You can have large short-term goals. Large goals don’t have to be limited to long-term goals.
They should give you the inspiration to make you stretch to aim higher. Your S.M.A.R.T short-term goals must be achievable, and most importantly they have to be realistic. Thar’s right realistic.
Come on……let’s be a realist here or else you’re just setting yourself for failure.
Even though you might be a big time CEO you can still create failures for yourself and other people that might be involved directly or indirectly. Be a realist and set S.M.A.R.T short-term goals that you know you, your company, other people and your employees can realistically achieve.
You need to have S.M.A.R.T short-term goals for today, this week, this month & this quarter of your life. Also for your personal leadership growth ideas & strategies, your business, other special projects in your life and business.
R = Responsible short-term goals.
Since you are this great and wonderful CEO, you need to be more responsible with your S.M.A.R.T short-term goals.
I know that you are a responsible person, correct?
I know that you are a realistic CEO, correct? Or am I wrong about Y-O-U hmmmm?
If not then you need to get on board the train of reality & responsibility today. Your short-term goals are all about you and your personal leadership growth and whoever is involved in this.
When you are working towards being a more responsible CEO with your goals; you need to assign yourself some duties on your to-do list to achieve your goals or give assignments to other people that might help you.
Goal strategy management must be assigned to you, a person or a department, something or someone. Sometimes just because you might have a person assigned to help you achieve a short-term goal doesn’t mean that she’s solely responsible for its achievement. It’s on you. These are your goals. Use your daily life strategies to get your act together right now.
T = Time management short-term goals.
Your short-term goals need to be time specific and strategic time managed. That’s where your personalized & organized strategic management comes in.
Where will they be accomplished? How will they be accomplished?
When will they be accomplish?
Will I have to redo some things?
Will I have enough time for that: hours, minutes, seconds, weeks, months, days, quarters?
Can I accomplish these short-term goals on my own within this time frame?
You my friend……you have a lotttt of critical thinking to do about establishing, managing & maintaining your S.M.A.R.T short-term goals.
Your goals have to include a specific time frame. In your time frame you can have some flexibility but not too much or else you’ll get off track with your timeline. You’ll get off track with specific times of days of the week about when they should be accomplished, with your strategies or if you have to make rearrangements.
You have to stay on top of your goals and you don’t need to make too many changes or rearrangements. Too many changes and rearrangements could take you off course and slow you down from achieving your goals then you might have to start all over again. You don’t want that: do you?
Like I said before and ill say it again: A CEOs S.M.A.R.T short-term goals are just as important if not more important than a CEO’s long-term goals. Why, because your short-term goals are the catalyst for your bigger short-term goals & your long-term goals.
You know why……because S.M.A.R.T short-term goals will catapult you towards your success of achieving your S.M.A.R.T long-term goals. A CEO must always remember that.
What’s your life strategy for your S.M.A.R.T short-term goals?
Are you going to take lots of action on your S.M.A.R. T short-term goals today? If so how, when & with who?