Leadership Competencies

The Power of Goals – It’s never too late, or too early!

smartgoalsSetting specific and measurable goals is at the very foundation of what one can achieve.  Nearly all of my major accomplishments, both professionally and personally started with the discipline to set yearly, monthly, weekly and even daily goals.  About six years ago, I introduced goal setting to my family and our annual goal setting meeting has evolved into one of my favorite days of the year.  At first, my kids’ goals were small…things they could be held accountable to do around the house or at school.  Now that they are 11 & 13, their goals have become more challenging and harder to achieve.

My daughter, Darien, is a gymnast.  She set the bar high (pun intended) this year with a specific goal of exceeding 37 out of a possible 40 points during one of her gymnastic meets.  The season began in January and culminated this month at the State Competition.  Overall, she was having a good season with a few challenges, but the highest score she achieved going into “State” was a 36.05 and that “37” goal was looming.  She knew the goal was achievable, and she never lost her focus or confidence in what she could do.

On April 1st, at the State Meet, Darien scored 37.225!  Her performance was good enough for 2nd place overall as well as 1st place in two individual events (Bars and Balance Beam).  I’m sure you can imagine her elation at her achievement and she also enjoyed the celebration that went with it.  I’ve always been a huge believer in celebrating achievements.

Goal setting makes amazing things happen, especially when goals are in writing and shared with others.  Specific goals hold us accountable and create the mindset of what you can achieve if you truly want to.  Goal setting builds responsibility, confidence and most importantly, a feeling of great accomplishment once attained.

What are your personal, family and business goals?  Have you written them down?  Are they SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and with a time frame)?  Have you shared them with those who will hold you accountable?  I ask you to challenge yourself to write down some significant goals that you will achieve this year and at the same time, ask your kids to write down a few of their own.  I think you will be amazed at what will happen by year’s end.  Goals that are put in writing get done while unwritten goals are simply “dreams.”

By the way, my eleven-year-old son, Mason set a goal to complete a Half-Marathon this year.  He will be toeing the line on May 6th with several thousand runners.  Stay tuned.


Mark Moses is CEO of Mark Moses.Net. Visit www.markmoses.net or e-mail mark at mark@markmoses.net .

Mark Moses is founder and CEO of Mark Moses.net. He coaches high growth entrepreneurs and companies on how to grow their businesses, build their strategic plan, raise capital and navigate through the challenges of entrepreneurship. He started his first company at age 19, and has successfully built and sold two companies. Mark has won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award and the Blue Chip Enterprise award for overcoming adversity. His companies garnered rankings of #1 Fastest-Growing Company in Los Angeles as well as #10 on the Inc. 500.

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  1. There is certainly some real power in not just setting goals, but writing them down. Love the SMART concept — it really works! I’m always telling my clients to be SMART.

  2. Tom

    May 16, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Mark,  I’d like to get your feedback on my new book and website:  define-smart-goals.com
    Hope to see you over there!

  3. Goalsforyou2002

    August 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I want to have a goal of having all my managers work independently of me.  Is there a way to best acheieve this goal?

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