Goals. I have talked about having SMART Goals in the past. Here are two more fun acronyms to use to make sure you have set great goals.

Is it a PURE Goal? Answer the following:

  • Positive – Is your goal positively stated? Our brains are tricky and if you have any negative connotations surrounding your goal, you’ll have a less likely chance of success.
  • Understood – Are you sure you completely understand your goal, the methods for achieving it, and the results you want to attain?
  • Relevant – Is your goal significant to you? Does it connect in your life in an appropriate and significant manner?
  • Ethical – Does your goal pertain to a high standard? Is it an honest and moral goal?

Now, let’s move on and discover if your goal is also a CLEAR Goal:

  • Challenging – Is your goal challenging to you? Does it fill you with excitement at the possibilities?
  • Legal – Of course, you don’t want to break any laws, so be sure your goal, and the steps to achieve it, all are legal.
  • Environmentally Sound – Does your goal make sense within your environment? In both your work and your home environment, be sure that your goal is achievable.
  • Appropriate – Is it an appropriate goal for you to be focused on? If not, why not?
  • Recorded – Have you recorded your goal and your steps in any form? Checklist, to-do list, calendar – whatever your way, finalize your dreams by putting them into a tangible form.

Using acronyms such as SMART, PURE and CLEAR are great ways to make sure you are writing goals that are really specific enough, clear enough, detailed enough. By having this kind of a goal you can really measure it, you can really create a plan around it, you can really achieve it. How are you doing with your goals for 2008? Maybe it is time to review your goals with a coach who can give you an outside perspective on your goals and your progress. Set and go after those goals and make it a GREAT 2008!