Before I was a Leaper, I was a naturalist at an overnight Boys and Girls Club Camp. During the week, the campers and I would do various outdoor activities such as fishing, orienteering, archery, kayaking, and much more. Many of the children were from the city and never experienced any of the activities that the camp offered. The staff and I did everything in our power to make sure that they had a memorable experience. On the first night of camp, after they had an introduction to all the activities, we sat down and set goals with them. The method that we used was called S.M.A.R.T which stands for: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. This method was very effective and is easy to follow.
Specific: Instead of saying “I will do a great job fishing this week” you can be more specific by choosing something within the hobby that you would like to achieve. This is what a specific goal would look like: “I will bait my fishing hook”. You have Identified who is going to complete the goal (I), what the specific goal is (baiting your fishing hook), and the tools you are going to need ( a fishing hook and bait) to complete the goal.
Measurable: How will you know you are close to achieving your goal and when you have accomplished it? You will do this by writing 3 or more ideas of ways you can accomplish your goals.
1. Put the line through the fish hook
2. Conquer my fear of holding a squirmy worm
3. Use safety while holding the hook
Achievable: What steps are you going to take to achieve this Goal? Write action steps to completing your goals.
1. Ask my fishing instructors for help
2. Focus and ignore distractions
3. Practice at least once a day
Realistic: Are your goals realistic? An example of an unrealistic goal for a camper would look sound like this:
“ I want to bait my fish hook with a celebrity fisher and catch 40 fish this week.” I am not saying that it cannot be done, (after all God is a God of miracles), I am saying that it may be extremely difficult to accomplish that goal in a week. We don’t have wifi or the telephone capacities to contact a celebrity fisher, and catching a fish requires time and patience (our fishing time is only one hour).
When do you want to accomplish your goal? Next year, within the next hour, by the end of the week? Creating a designated time will help you determine if your goal is specific, measurable, and realistic. A timely goal will sound like this: “I will bait my fish hook before lunch on Friday, July 28, 2017.”
Goal digging is not always easy but when you think S.M.A.R.T it can be!
Until Next Time Leapers,
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