Superhero- Know your Evildoer

Know Your EvildoerKnow Your Evildoer

Are you a superhero? Know Your Evildoer

Evildoers are everywhere.  They are your competition in business, they are your friends who are consistently negative, they are the procrastinators, and they can also be within your family.  Rather than take your frustrations directly out on them directly, there’s nothing which aggravates them more than your leading the life of your dreams.  You are a superhero, and by taking action, achieving your goals, and exhibiting a positive attitude when faced with life’s frustrations, you can thwart them and stop them within their tracks.

Know Your Evildoer:  The Cycle Repeater

Cycle repeaters are evildoers who repeat the same actions over and over again and still expect different results.  They are the ones to whom you’re loaning money, and they still come back for more, caught in the same situation.  They go to their jobs every single day and expect different results from the same situations.  They might not see that gerbil wheel that they’re riding, or they might not see an opportunity to get out of the trap that they’ve laid for themselves.  They expect magic sparkly dust to land upon them.

The Procrastinator
The procrastination evildoer will put everything off until tomorrow, sometimes waiting for that perfect moment, sometimes waiting for the wonderful opportunity.  They are much like the cycle repeaters in that they might be waiting for the fairy dust to create that perfect storm of opportunity.  Superheroes understand that there will be no absolutely perfect moment, and that they have several tools available which will create for them a better life.

The Cynic
The Cynic will find all of the potential obstacles for a project, product, or plan, but they will not find the positive aspects of them.  These are the types of evildoers that you bring your ideas to when you want to be shot down, when you want to be thwarted in your own superhero activities.  While these individuals do serve a purpose in pointing out the flaws of an idea, that is all that they offer to the table.  Great business and personal ideas often do not get launched when coming face to face with a cynic.

The Selfish
Humility, compassion, and empathy are all important qualities of the superhero, and the selfish one will try to mold the conversation around them at every available opportunity.  These are the evildoers who will try to one-up your experiences by talking about themselves and taking advantage of that humility, compassion, and empathy.  These individuals are insidious, because they are usually the ones who you are closest to, people for whom you do not have any defenses.

The Competition
These individuals are rare.  These are people who would actively try to sabotage your efforts to be a superhero through actions and activities of their own.  They are the ones who will try to one-up you in public, spread bad rumors about you, and more.  While the competition is important to help you go further, they are still evildoers because they do not have your own needs at heart.

All superheroes have a little bit of dark side within them which is why you need to know your evildoer.  The goal of the SMART Superhero Academy is to minimize or eliminate these evildoers from your lives and help you achieve your dreams of becoming a superhero to your family and friends.

 

Goal Setting Worksheet

Goal Setting WorksheetGoal Setting Worksheet

The best tool that you can use when defining your SMART goals is a goal setting worksheet.  This will assist you in honing in on the goals you have, and better establish a connection with those goals.

A goal setting worksheet effectively helps you outline a strategy for the goals which you wish to accomplish.

Here are some added benefits to a SMART goal setting worksheet:

Creating a goal setting worksheet makes your goal more tangible.

By taking the time to define those goals in explicit detail, you are establishing a plan of attack for that goal.

Up until that point, the goal is within your head and not tangible.  When you place that goal on paper it becomes real and something to which you can refer every day.

Your goal becomes shareable
Writing down your goals into a goal setting worksheet gives you something which you can share with others.  These others can help you in achieving your goal.  They can offer you solutions for attaining your goal, or in the case of thing-based goals, they may help you achieve your goal outright.  It is extremely difficult to share a goal which rests purely within your head.

You can identify steps to your goal
A good SMART goal has several facets.  To obtain $50,000 within two years (refer to smart goals examples) is an achievable goal, though there are many factors which will go into it.  You might have to sell your stuff, you might have to get a better job, you might have to get out of debt.  Keeping these steps within your head is a formidable task, and establishing a goal setting worksheet alleviates some of the pressure.

You can see the obstacles
A goal setting worksheet allows you to see the obstacles which might be in your way of attaining your SMART goal.  You know that a person making $60,000 a year is more likely to achieve their goal of having $50,000 in the bank faster than someone who is working a minimum wage job.  This is not a chance to consider yourself defeated before you even start, it shines a light on the things which you must attain to achieve your goal.

You have a plan for progress
A goal setting worksheet illuminates the plan for progress toward achieving the goals which you have.  When you have SMART goals in place, you can see the many things which you can do each day to achieve them.  If you are trying to make a boatload of cash, you have several measurable steps to obtain that goal, so you are never left with wondering what you should do next.

Creating a SMART goal setting worksheet allows you to create better goals, and to define the parameters of the goals which you have in place.  You can more easily share a goal setting worksheet with your peers, and you immediately know the obstacles and opportunities which lay upon your path.  This is the smartest way to achieving those goals and building the life of your dreams.

Goal Setting Theory 2

Goal Setting TheoryGoal Setting Theory 2

Achieving more in life requires applying the basic principles of SMART goal setting theory.  These SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time based, and they provide the foundation for successful individuals, else they are not living up to the full potential of their abilities.  SMART goal setting theory requires that you start with the end in mind, make a complete plan, and then use those abilities to achieve the goal in question.

SMART goal setting theory states that a goal must be specific.  This specificity takes a look at every single facet of the goal and creates an action plan around it.  For example, the phrase ‘I want a computer’ is not specific enough, as it does not look toward the type of computer that you want, the amount of memory that you want, the money that you wish to invest in the computer, and more.  You could, in fact, be given a TRS-80 and the goal would be satisfied according to the vagueness of that goal.

While having a TRS-80 is nostalgic, it probably does not satisfy the reason that you wanted a computer in the first place, unless your goal was to have a do it yourself machine for which it will be nearly impossible to find parts.  Using SMART goal setting theory invites you to write down that goal and think about the purpose of its achievement.  So, let’s build a SMART goal around the phrase ‘I want a computer.’

Specific
First of all, why do you need a computer?  The answer to this question will help the answer become much clearer.  If you are a video game player, you probably need a computer which has the firepower to play all of the latest games, but if you are a freelance writer or avid social marketer, you might not need as much memory, hard drive space, or graphics capabilities.  Let’s say that you’re just starting out your business and need a desktop computer to help you handle all of the filing and accounting necessary within your job.

Goal Setting is Essential

Second, how much are you willing to spend on the computer?  Goal setting theory is essential here, as the answer to the question will also more likely determine the length of time which must be associated with your particular goal.  Computers themselves range in price from $100 to thousands, depending on the make, model, and purpose of the machine.  Since you are raising the money yourself, say that you are willing to spend $500 or less to achieve this goal.

After you’ve gotten an idea of why you need a computer and how much you’re willing to spend on the computer, there arises a necessity for research to find out which computers are available on the market that will achieve this particular goal.  You might find a few laptops and several desktops which will easily manage the accounting tasks for your new business.

Measurable
‘Measurable’ in goal setting theory states that you must have tangible milestones in the achievement of the goal.  In this simple goal of ‘I want a computer,’ there will be only one tangible milestone: getting the computer itself.  For longer term goals such as losing weight, writing the first novel, and more, progress points should be established.  Having these milestones along the way provides more impetus to complete the goal according to goal setting theory.

Attainable
What specific actions will you take to achieve this goal? Goal setting theory requires that the actions taken not be absolutely impossible, nor they must be too easy.  In this case, buying a computer is relatively easy, but if you are trying to tackle what seems like an insurmountable obstacle, you must outline the steps that you’re willing to take to get there.  For the goal of obtaining a computer, are there steps which you can take like going to an online or brick and mortar store?

Realistic
Once you have discovered that there are indeed steps which you can take to achieve the goal, the question turns to your willingness to follow through with the activities which were outlined on the previous step.  Anything under the sun is possible, but there are limits to the things which we’re willing to do.  The realistic portion of SMART goal setting theory begs the question of whether you’are indeed truly willing to follow through on this action, whether it be losing weight, becoming wealthy, or getting a computer for your business.

Time Based
The final portion of the SMART goal setting theory sets a time parameter on when you plan to accomplish the goal in question.  Placing that modifier of time on the goal brings more urgency and more likelihood that you will complete the goal.  For the longer term goals, set a time which is realistic but not too easy to achieve.  Place a little pressure on yourself, but do not tread into areas where it is physically impossible to complete the goal in the specified timeframe.

Goal Setting Theory Example:

Specific:  I will purchase an X computer for my business with these specifications, spending $500 or less.

Measurable: I will have achieved this goal when I have a business computer in my office.

Attainable:  I will make the trip to X shop where I can purchase this computer.  I will call ahead to make sure that they have this computer on their shelves.

Realistic: I need this computer for my business, and am willing to take the steps necessary.

Time Based: I will get this computer within 5 days.

While getting a computer might be an easy task to achieve, other wants, needs, and desires might take up more of your time.  SMART goal setting theory will guide you through the necessary steps to achieve the goal, no matter the size and scope.  By being SMART with your goals, you can achieve the life of your dreams.

Goal Setting Theory: Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Goal Setting TheoryGoal Setting Theory: Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals

requires that you create SMART goals to achieve your purpose.  SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-sensitive.  These goals have manageable steps with every facet, providing a complete set of moves from beginning to end.  The theory of goal setting is to take you from a zero to hero with a plan that you have outlined yourself.  Here are some potent aspects of SMART goal setting theory.

What is your goal?

Start with the general
A SMART goal does not generally spring forth fully-formed from your head.  It requires time, energy, and effort to create a SMART goal.  The best goal setting theory assumes that you’re starting with a dream like ‘I want to be rich.’ This goal is a general goal, not a SMART goal.  To create a SMART goal, you have to become more specific in your focus.

Become more specific
Since you have a general idea of what you want to do, nail that down and become more specific.  You might want to be rich, but what defines rich?  How much money do you need for a new washing machine?  For you, being rich might be a far sight different than my version of being rich.  Take the outline and start filling in the details.  Let’s say that your ‘rich’ means that you have $50,000 in the bank.

When are you going to achieve your goal?

Goal Setting Theory:  Put time constraints on your dreams

Once you have generally established what you want to do, look at your end point and place a time sensitive constraint on where you want to finish.  This finish-to-start idea of goal setting theory helps you in nailing down the specific that you’re attaining.  The idea in goal setting theory is that the urgency of completion outweighs open-ended nebulous goals.  When do you want to have $50,000 in the bank?
Choose a time which is both in the future and realistic.
A goal which is expected too soon will set you up for difficulties in achieving it.  A goal which is too far in the future becomes too easy and loses value.  You probably aren’t going to have $50,000 tomorrow, but you are going to have $50,000 over the course of your lifetime.  Establish a timeframe which appears achievable, like 3 years.

How are you going to achieve your goal?

Lean toward your strengths
The SMART goal setting theory asks that you lay out specific steps for achieving those dreams.  What are you planning to do which will bring your dreams even closer?  Play toward those strengths which you have.  While the both of you might have the same goal of ‘I want to have $50,000 in the bank,’ you both probably have quite different ways of achieving it.  A goal which begins with strengths has a better chance of being completed, according to goal setting theory.  Maybe you are an excellent painter, how are you going to obtain $50,000 through your painting?

Research
Look at the steps which the leaders in the field took to achieve their goals.  If you are a painter, are there certain techniques which your mentors have used which turned out to be especially lucrative?  List those steps to their success and alter them to your needs.   Your mentor might be a digital artist rather than a painter, but can you use those tactics which you found in your research to further your needs?  List out the methods which you will use to get $50,000 that you learned from other individuals.

SMART goal setting theory requires that you take your general goal and hone it down to exact steps which you will take to get there.  The end point should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time sensitive.  The steps along the way should be clear and concise, based purely on objective measurements.  Achieve your dreams using the SMART goal setting theory.

Setting SMART Goals

Setting SMART GoalsHow To Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

SMART Goals separate the professionals from the dabblers, the money-makers from the money-takers, and the winners from the losers.  SMART Goals are the bricks which form the path to success.  SMART Goals make superheroes out of ordinary men (and women), and only through those SMART Goals can you realize your ultimate potential.  You might be a nobody now, but with SMART Goals you can triumph over adversity and become rich and famous (or just rich!) like you want to be.  This success can be had with just five simple words.

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Timely

These five simple words outline your life’s direction, giving people like you the courage they need to fell any foe and stand up for their decisions.  And while SMART Goals are for everybody, not everybody can handle SMART Goals.  Are you up for the challenge?

Smart goals are fueled by your dreams

These dreams might have started when you were a small child, they might have started just yesterday, but those dreams are the underlying foundation of SMART Goals.  They provide the purpose, and they are the light at the end of the tunnel.

You want to be rich?  You want to be respected?  You want to be famous?  You want to be a superhero?  You want to take on the world?  You might even want a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?  Those desires provide the framework, the scaffolding for your SMART Goals.

How can the five simple words help you?
You want to be rich.  Let’s make a smart goal around this dream.

Specific

Smart goals must be specific.  Being rich is pretty nebulous.  Rich is defined by different people in different ways.  The word ‘rich’ provides very little dream juice because it is not specific.  At what point do you consider yourself rich?  You’d consider Bill Gates to be rich, but do you need as much money as he has to consider yourself rich?  Your goal must be specific.

Answer these questions:

Who do you want to be rich?
Is it just you and your family who should be rich, or would you like your community to benefit?  Let’s say for right now that you only want you and your family to be rich.  Community will come later.

What is rich?
Everyone defines rich differently.  Where the bricklayer in Des Moines might define rich as having over $50,000 in the bank, the corporate financier might define rich as having over ten million dollars in stock options.  How do you define rich?

When do I want to be rich?
While you might be tempted to answer ‘now’ to this question, you want to think about the answer in terms of realism.  Can you conquer all of those rich-preventing obstacles in a year?  Two years?  This is the place where you have to nail it down.

Where do I want to be when I’m rich?
This question’s a little better for some of the other dreams that people have, though it is important.  Let’s say that you are making a couple hundred dollars a week in the United States.  In other countries, you might be considered rich, where in the States, you’re not doing so well.

Why do I want to be rich?
Money is the tool used to purchase resources.  A pile of money by itself doesn’t mean much, but providing for your family, providing for your dreams, skiing in the mountains, those are all reasons to want to be rich.  This is where your dreams come into play: being rich will help you accomplish your dreams.  Once you define that, then you’re going to have more motivation to follow through on the SMART Goals.

You have the world at your disposal.  Turning dreams into SMART Goals requires that you be more specific about them.  In this instance, ‘I want to be rich’ might transform into ‘I want to have $100,000 in the bank by January 1, 2015.’

Measurable

How do you know if you’re making progress in your quest to become rich?  Smart goals are measurable, and while they are the key to your riches, you’ve got to define what that key looks like.  Your goal of having $100K in the bank is measurable, but the goal of ‘I want to be rich’ is not.  While you might consider having $100K in the bank to be rich, simply stating that you want to be rich isn’t considered the use of SMART Goals.

Attainable

SMART Goals have to be attainable.  When you set yourself an attainable goal, you are laying out the pathway to achieve that goal.  ‘I want to have $100K’ can have several steps leading to that delightful finish, based upon your strengths and other attributes which might help you to get there.  Your path to having that $100K might lie in being a carpenter, author, or jeweler, and your SMART Goals leading to that cash have to acknowledge each of the stones in the path.

Realistic

Realistic and attainable go hand in hand, like beans and rice or peanut butter and jelly.  SMART Goals have to be realistic, meaning that you must be ready, willing, and able to accomplish them.  This is the part where you summon your confidence and willpower to decide that you’re going to achieve this goal.  Being rich isn’t a matter of obstacles, it’s a matter of how determined you are to get there.

Time Sensitive

Have you ever noticed that you study better when there’s a test in the morning, or that you’re suddenly able to get some cash when the bill is due the next day?  Smart goals are time sensitive, having a definitive start and end date.  Having that start and end date provides solid parameters for you to work within, rather than leaving the measure of success open ended. In short, SMART Goals have deadlines!

You can take the basic knowledge of SMART Goals and parlay that into a successful career, a successful event, and any aspect of your life.  These SMART Goals form the foundation for your personal growth and development, and by keeping your goals specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time sensitive, you can go further than you ever imagined.  Whenever you have a problem, SMART Goals can provide the solution.