SMART Goals

Let’s set SMART goals, not dumb ones.

I’m not trying to be critical of your goals… just the way you have them written. Most of the time when we write down a goal, or make a resolution, we don’t go into enough detail. We don’t flesh it out. As a result, the goal often sits there like a deflated party balloon after New Years Eve.

Digging into the details will help your goals become hearty enough to survive the entire year!

The Elements of a SMART Goal

Ryan breaks down each of the five pieces of a SMART goal, with examples to help you when it comes time to write your own.

Careful: Don’t skip this if you think you’ve heard before. It may be a little different than other version, and I want to make sure we’re all using the same terms.

Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, Time-bound

The SMART Goal Planner

We’re going to dig into the goals you have written down already and run them through the SMART process to make sure they are fully fleshed out.

Now may be a good time to share your goals.

It can be tricky to share a goal when it’s still a dream. It’s fragile. Now you’ve beefed up your goals, you’ve thought them through, and figured out how they fit into your life. If you’re comfortable doing so, now would be a good time to share your goals with the “stakeholders” in your life… those people who truly want to see you succeed!

I’m one of those people, and I’ll bet you’ll find many more friendly faces in the magic community. It can be a little scary to share, but often just saying these things out loud will increase the chances of success.

SMART Goal Worksheet

PDF to be printed, or filled out on screen, with the details of your goal. One goal per sheet.

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Table of Contents for Make Magic Happen

  • Make Magic Happen Helping magicians reach their artistic and professional goals with a deep-dive into your motivation and planning.
  • Big Dreams We start by getting our dreams out of our head and onto paper, and look at why these dreams are still on our wish-list.
  • The Power of Focus Practical techniques to help you prioritize and pick out the dreams that you are ready to commit to for the year.
  • The Heart of Your Goals It's going to be a struggle, and this is what will keep you pushing through.
  • SMART Goals Serious progress demands serious goals. Use these worksheets to create goals that stick around.
  • Step By Step Action Plans Break down big goals into little steps that can be done without breaking a sweat.
  • Daily Habits You won't get anything done this year if you don't work on it today.
  • Facing Our Fears We can conquer our fears by making a plan of attack before we get scared.
  • Fail Forward Your willingness to make mistakes determines the speed of your progress.
  • Accountability You will work harder when you have to answer to another person.

Published: December 21, 2021

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