Leave a Legacy
Kevin Spafford is Farm Journal’s succession planning expert for the Farm Journal Legacy Project. He hosts the nationally-televised ‘Leave a Legacy’ TV, facilitates an ongoing series of workshops for farm families across the U.S., and is the author of Legacy by Design: Succession Planning for Agribusiness Owners.
Nov 12, 2012
From Legacy Moment (11/09/2012).
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While brushing up for a workshop recently, I came across the keys to setting goals. Learning to set and then implement S-M-A-R-T goals is a life skill that will pay off in any endeavor.
The S-M-A-R-T goals are:
Specific- A goal should be written with as many specific details as possible. State exactly what you want to accomplish.
Measurable- Each goal should be written so that you can compare progress and quantify degrees of achievement.
Actionable- Nothing happens until you take action. Wishes, wants and intentions will not help you achieve; only by acting can you generate a result.
Relevant- In planning for succession, we judge goals based on priority and then act on the goals that will make the most impact.
Time-bound- Without a deadline, nothing will ever be accomplished. Vince Lombardi used to say, "We never lose, but sometimes the clock runs out on us."
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