Five Goals for this weekend

Let’s take a little detour from Five Questions and talk about goals.  Goals are very important things and most of us don’t have any goals, at least not any goals that we are really pursuing.

A goal is a simple thing, but that does not make a goal an easy thing.  I like to use the SMART goal process and here is what SMART means when I use that term:

  • S-Specific:  you need a goal that is specific enough that you will know when you do or do not accomplish it
  • M-Measurable:  A co-worker once remarked that “what gets measured, matters”.  Pretty true words and if you are not measuring or keeping score, you have no idea where you are going or how you are doing.
  • A-Attainable:  Sometimes we set goals that are reachable; some of these require a stretch.  Occasionally we set goals that are not reachable, no matter what we do or who we enlist to help.  Attainable goals should require effort, but if you constantly don’t reach your goals you might need to enlist others to help you be more pragmatic in your goal setting.
  • R-Realistic:  Realistic goals are similar to attainable goals, but realistic is more about setting them in a realistic context, meaning time, effort or duration.  Some goals can be too easy, but many times goals are outside the bounds of reality, hence not realistic.
  • T-Time Based:  There should be a time frame for every goal you set.  Some goals are very short term and some are very long term.  A goal without a time line is just a dream or a whim.  Always set a time boundary or you will never start and certainly never finish.

Now that we are all on the same page about goals, here is what I plan to accomplish this weekend:

1.  Write at least half of my first book-If you read my post on Monday July 1 you will learn that I have a deep seated goal, a longer term goal, to write a book by January 1, 2014.  If you review this goal using the SMART methodology you will see that it meets all of the criteria.

2.  Plan for landscaping around our new porch-This is a good time for that kind of plan.  We just got the porch complete today and I have no conflicts to keep me from getting this done.  I may even go past this and start on the preparation of the work.

3.  Attend the Rotary installation banquet-Each year the Franklin Breakfast Rotary Club has a summer get together in late June to celebrate the current year and ring in the new year.  During this event we also install our new officers.  This will be a bittersweet event for me because I will roll off the board of our club for the first time in over 7 years.  I was president two years ago and it seems like just yesterday that I began this journey.

4.  Attend the Carnton summer concert with my wife-Each summer there are 3 concerts on the grounds of the Carnton Plantation here in Franklin.  These concerts occur on the last Sunday of June, July and August.  They are great events and we rarely miss.

5.  Attend Church-Spending time each Sunday giving thanks to the Lord for all that we have is a very important part of my life.  We live in a turbulent and challenging time and prayer is the most important method I know to maintain my personal balance when challenged with issues I find to be divisive and not in the best interest of our country.  Rather than point figures and disagree, I choose to spend time with fellow believers and pray that changes will occur with the help of the Lord and his son, Jesus Christ.

A rather busy weekend, and not unlike many except for the landscaping and book.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Make a list-check things off as you get them done.

Most of all, have fun and hug someone you love.