Before you start writing an ever-growing ‘to do’ list, set SMART Goals for the year. Different than annual activities, SMART Goals give you and your team a shared purpose to work towards. (i.e. Feed 100 more families, expand your after-school programs, send five more kids to camp, sponsor a family to go on a mission trip, Buy a new sound system, etc.)
To help get you started in 2019, our team of experts at Stewardship Technology have complied together our SMART Goals that will help your organization start the year off right.
Follow these SMART Goals as a rule of thumb for setting attainable goals:
When setting your annual goals, be specific, know exactly what you want to achieve for the year. If your goal is vague, your goal will not be reached. Have a clear path and know exactly where your organization is headed.
Provide a way to evaluate or use metrics to measure your specific goals – think of ways you can measure your success. Your goal should have metrics that can be measured to demonstrate progress.
Common goals are: # of new donors, # of volunteers signed up, $ money raised and # of recurring donations.
Dream BIG and think outside the box but reach for goals that you know you can achieve. Your goal should push boundaries but also be realistic to attain.
Make sense with your goals and improve your goals in some way.
- Why do you do what you do?
- You want something for that year but for what?
Know the answer for what you want and why you know what you want.
Create a sense of urgency with a start and end date. When will you achieve your goal, be specific on dates and times.
Anyone can set goals, but if it lacks realistic timing, chances are you’re not going to succeed.
Watch our January Thought Leader Webinar to learn more about SMART Goals and how your network can help you accomplish your goals. Watch Here