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SMART goal-setting framework

SMART goal-setting framework

Set goals that are:

  • Specific: It will be easier to see what you need to accomplish.
  • Measurable: How will you know when you’ve achieved your goal?
  • Attainable: Or realistic. Is it possible to achieve the goal you’ve set for yourself?
  • Relevant: For businesses, a relevant goal means that it has the potential to impact your business objectives, vision, or values.
  • Time-bound: Give your goal a deadline.

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 Locke and Latham’s 5 Principles of Goal-Setting
  1. Clarity: clear goals help with understanding the task at hand.
  2. Challenge: the goal should be challenging enough to prove motivating, but not impossible to achieve. 
  3. Commitment: involve your team in the goal-setting process.
  4. Feedback: measure your progress and seek advice.
  5. Task complexity: be careful in adding too much complexity to your goals as it can impact morale, productivity, and motivation.
  • Objectives – This is what you hope to accomplish. Objectives usually take the form of broad goals that are not measurable (that’s what the Key Results section is for).
  • Key Results – Based on objectives, the key results are almost always defined with a specific number.
  • Think Big – Define your ultimate goal
  • Act Small – Identify the milestones that will help you achieve that goal
  • Move Quick – Come up with a timeline for achieving each milestone
Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG)

BHAGs focus on “audacious 10-to-30-year goals” that propel you toward your brand’s vision.

Examples from real-world companies:

  • SpaceX: Enable human exploration and settlement of Mars
  • Microsoft: A computer on every desk and in every home
  • Blackpool FC: Reach English Premier League.
Growth Hacker goal-setting
  • Form Hypothesis
  • Select KPI (Key Performance Indicator)
  • Set Goal
  • Execute
  • Track Progress (adjust execution as necessary)
  • Socialize/Iterate (let everyone know how it worked)

One of the unique elements of growth hacker goal-setting is the involvement from the whole team/audience via sharing your progress.

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"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps".

It means believing in your ability to perform a task and achieve goals. There are 3 ways to build self-efficacy:

  • Ensure early success. When first starting out, choose activities you're certain you can do successfully.
  • Watch others succeed in the activity you want to try.  This is particularly effective if the person you're observing is similar to you (friends, neighbors, co-workers).
  • Find a supportive voice. Personal trainers and coaches are skilled in giving appropriate encouragement, as are good friends (usually).