Well-Formed Outcome: “How to make Smart Goals even Smarter”

Here we build on the SMART approach by making you use all of your senses in designing your goals by fine tuning them to be more than Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timed. This process delves deeper by requiring you to answer a series of questions that help you to become aware of the reasons for your desired outcomes, and then leads you through the process for imagining them as already accomplished.
This process helps you to understand your true motives for what you want and what you need specifically to achieve them, while also identifying potential problems that the outcome will produce in other areas of you life. An outcome, in order to eliminate resistance or the tendency to self-sabotage needs to be ecological in nature and produce desired results in all areas of your life in a harmonious and balanced way. This process will help you to identify potential problems and adjust your desired outcome to be more beneficial and harmonious within all areas of your life.

Your outcome should meet the following criteria:

 Is the goal stated in the positive?
 Is it self-initiated, maintained, and within my control?
 Does it describe the evidence procedure?
 Is the context clearly defined?
 Does it identify the needed resources?
 Have I evaluated whether it is ecological?
 Does it identify the first step I need to take?
 What time-frame am I working with?

1 – State your outcome in positive terms: What “do” you want? . . . or what would you rather have instead?

2- Is it self-initiated, maintained and within your control?
 Am I doing this for myself or someone else?
 Does the outcome rely solely on me?
 Does this require me to depend on someone else for its achievement?

3- Does it describe the evidence procedure? (When will I know I have achieved my goal?)
 How will I know that I am getting or producing the outcome?
 What will I be doing when I get it?
 What will I see, hear, and feel when I have it?

4- Appropriately contextualized? (Clearly defined in specific terms)
 Where, when, how, and with whom do I want it?

5- Does it identify the resources needed? (What will you need to achieve it?)
 What resources will I need to accomplish this?
 What resources do I have now?
 What resources do I need to acquire?
 Do I have evidence of achieving this before?
 Do I know someone else who has achieved this?
 What happens if I act “as if” I have the resources? (helps shift beliefs that may be holding you back)

6- Check the goal to insure it is ecological. (In relationship to other areas of your life)

 What is the real purpose for why I want this?
 What will I lose or gain if I have it?
 What will happen if I get it?
 What will happen if I don’t get it?
 What won’t happen if I don’t get it?
 How will this affect other areas of my life?

7- What is the first step? (Everything begins with the first step)

 Take your action plan and break it into chunks
 Create defined steps within each chunk
 Determine which ones require other ones first
 Create a structured, sequential process

8. Create realistic time frames for achieving each step or chunk (stage)
 Develop an overall time-frame to accomplish your goal
 Develop realistic time-frames for each stage or chunk of creating it
 Then develop time-frame for each step within the chunk
 When planning your day, review what part your currently working on and build it into your weekly and daily schedule for “things to do”.
 Keep this action plan where you can see it and review it daily, and stay on task with the time-frames allotted in an organized and systematic manner.

9. Create a “mental rehearsal” as the experience of you’re outcome:

 Place yourself in a possible situation where you have achieved your outcome and are experiencing it
 What are you doing?
 What do you see?
 What are you hearing?
 What are you touching or feeling?
 What are you smelling or tasting?
 Notice how you’re feeling, what emotions you’re experiencing, and transform any negative feelings (fear, anxiety, guilt, apprehension, etc.) into very positive feelings (confidence, enthusiasm, excitement, joy, contentment, etc.) Practice this until you only associate very positive feelings to the reality of the experience itself.
 Shape the experience in such a way that you form a kind of “love” for the idea itself.
 What are you telling yourself about your experience?
 Play out a scenario in your mind’s eye until you get it just the way you want it. Then repeat it several times, anchoring it, until you can recall it like an actual memory, easily and naturally.
 Associate the experience with the goal itself, so that anytime you think of the goal, you run the experience of it through your mind as a form of daydreaming or remembering.
 Visualize yourself regularly having the experience of your goal as manifest and actual. “See yourself” living the reality of your goal.

Once you have a believable vision of your desired outcome, commit to taking consistent action to accomplish it. Pick certain points along the way where you step back and carefully evaluate your progress. Make any adjustments or modifications that you need to based on feedback as new information or changing circumstances. If however, the feedback indicates that what you’re doing isn’t producing what you want it to, then change what you’re doing or how you’re doing it until it begins producing the desired results. These results were laid out in the evidence procedure of this process.

Dr. Linda Gadbois
Teacher, Mentor, Coach and Consultant for Creative Mind Development

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