SMART goals

jeffJeff Tunnell here, pinch hitting for Rob Campbell. The acronym SMART has been used with slightly different variations both in the Cell communities SMARTand in business applications. Here are some of the variations which can be used to provide a comprehensive definition for your goal setting:

S – specific, significant, stretching
   Well defined, easily understood, and a little bigger than YOU.
M – measurable, meaningful, motivational
   You should be able to tell where you are in the process at any time.
A – agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented
   If everyone involved has agreement on the goal, whether at the Cell group, next leader or church-wide level, the team will contribute more successfully.
R – realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented
    Do we have the resources and knowledge to accomplish this, do we have a ‘word from God’ on it, do we believe the Holy Spirit will enable us to do this…?
T – time-based, timely, tangible, trackable
     Do we have enough time to accomplish / or have we allowed too much time?

Example:
• Specific: Each existing Cell leader multiply one new leader by the end of 2008. (new leaders will open new cells)
• Measurable: With the Equipping Track in place, each existing leader knows the steps their Multiplication leader has taken and what still needs to be completed by them to open the new Cell group.
• Agreed upon: this is not a ‘forced’ goal, but one that is discussed thoroughly with the existing leader until agreement is reached – now we can pray it through together!
• Realistic: Faith and history say, “YES”, this is doable, how else will we accomplish the Great Commission effectively?
• Time-based and tangible: the date is set and smaller goals can be achieved between now and then to reach the end goal. Results become very tangible when the new Cell Opens! Everyone involved can celebrate the new leader and the new family of believers they have assembled to expand the Kingdom of God.

Sound “smart” to you?
Jeff

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