So much great discussion ensued from my last post that I wanted to be sure & share a couple of additional thoughts that came from readers.
In response to #3 (Be Specific & set SMART goals), Mike White, a fellow coach who hails from the UK, offered the following alternative to SMART:
“TRAMS (SMART backwards) can be in helping clients and ourselves to move to action. To explain: T = Thrilling (What would really get you moving?), R = Resonance (What’s really important to you?), A = Accountable (How will you hold yourself accountable for what you plan to do?), M = Measureable (How will you know you’ve been successful?) and S = Specific (What will you specifically do next?) “
I love this acronym. It’s much of what I was advocating for in my post, but makes it easy to remember. And we all know that handy acronyms are important to “stickiness,” at least in corporate circles! All kidding aside, it’s a great way to bring balance of the head & heart into your planning.
From Monica Kurtz, one of my favorite digital marketing mavens, this delightful cartoon, which made me realize that #6 (Set Milestones & Monitor Progress) was missing a feedback loop. The purpose of that monitoring isn’t just to record results to celebrate. It’s also about catching yourself when you’re off course so that you can adjust & adapt as necessary.
And Theresa Letman shared her personal best practice of sitting down with her husband each year to make their plan together. What a great idea for any family, or any team.
Thanks to everyone for their contributions!