Results Require Action
Living Learned’s motto is Travel. Learn. Grow. My dad says, “Well, it ain’t gonna happen by osmosis!” What he means is that, to see results, you must take action. Yes, getting on a plane and flying far, far away is an action. However, learning and growth are not ensured by simply changing geography. For example, just because kids show up for class every day, doesn’t mean they’re learning. If it did, then every student would be meeting or exceeding standards, and every school would receive a 5 star rating. On the contrary, learning and growth require effort. Teachers must enlist a plan of action, and students need to make an effort and do the work to achieve growth. Therefore, to meet my travel purpose, an action plan is crafted using S.M.A.R.T Goals.
What is a S.M.A.R.T Goal?
A S.M.A.R.T. goal is the action plan or formula enlisted to help ensure the travel purpose is achieved. When I was a teacher, I’d have my students set S.M.A.R.T goals each year. According to mindtools.com, S.M.A.R.T goals were first introduced in November of 1981 when Management Review published an article called, “There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management goals and objectives.” It was written by George Doran, Arthur Miller, and James Cunningham. When they were first presented, these goals were intended to help corporate managers increase productivity and profit. However, the practice of setting S.M.A.R.T goals has become incredibly useful for anyone trying to achieve all kinds of results in any area of life.
There are s few variations to the meaning of this acronym. For setting our trip’s purposes, S.M.A.R.T goals will be be defined as:
- Specific: Well-defined, clear, and unambiguous
- Measurable: With specific criteria that measure your progress towards the accomplishment of the goal
- Achievable: Attainable, not impossible to achieve
- Realistic: Within reach, realistic, and relevant to your purpose
- Timely: With a clearly defined timeline, including a starting date and a target date. Setting a timed, specific deadline creates urgency.
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