I bought my daughter a set of markers that are meant for writing on windows. I figured she’d have fun drawing flowers and cute stick people. To my surprise, when I walked in her room I saw there were no drawings on her windows. Instead, the first thing she used her new markers for was to write down her goals.

Wow. I didn’t expect that at all from a 9 year old.

In case you can’t see the photos I took she wrote that her goal was to:

  • Get an iPod
  • Allowed to get in 5th grade.
  • My Goal is $225
  • I have money!

Don’t spend anything. In 5 simple lines I realized that my daughter Carissa articulated the S.M.A.R.T. formula for goal setting. (ok, this was a proud parent moment 🙂

SPECIFIC –           She wants an iPod.
MEASURABLEShe knows how much more she needs to save to hit her goal of $225.
ACTIONABLEHer action is to commit to not spending anything.
REALISTIC –      She only has to save $18.75 each month which she expressed to me
                              “I can do that”.
TIMELY –          She was shooting to achieve this goal by 5th grade, which is another
                          12 months away.

Goal setting works wonders in helping us obtain those things that we are saving for. My daughter’s iPod goal taught me a lesson on just how powerful it is to not only write down our goals but to have them visible in places we will see everyday.

What about you? 

What is the big prize that you are saving for?  A new car, a family vacation, a dream house or perhaps an ivy league college education for your student?

Knowing what you’re saving for and articulating how you will get there through the S.M.A.R.T. formula will help you stay focused and intense in your business for short term periods.

Knowing what you’re working for will supply the passion, energy, joy and fulfillment to carry you in your business for the long term.

So, what are you working for? What is your business a vehicle for?

  • achieving greater freedom in your life?
  • providing security for your family?
  • changing people’s lives by sharing your expertise?
  • making a lasting difference in your community?

    Can you articulate what you are working for in a S.M.A.R.T. response?


    It’s tough to grow your business without setting specific goals.

    And, it’s easy to forget to implement those S.M.A.R.T. goal setting tips.

    If you are clear what your specific goals are in your business, but need some help and guidance and how to get there I invite you to call me for a complimentary discovery session. No better time than NOW to decide to play big and finish the year off strong!

    PS. I’ve heard you improve your chances at reaching your goals when you write it down and then improve those chances even more when you share your goal with others.  

     Please share your goals here.

     Here’s to Your Success!



    About Yoon Cannon: Top business coach Yoon Cannon has helped thousands of small business owners, entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants and sales teams achieve dramatic results in growing your business. Over the past 20 years Yoon has started 4 successful companies and sold 3 of them. She offers fresh insights as a seasoned business growth expert. Yoon delivers proven process for your sales, marketing and management development.  Grab free valuable gifts and resources at http://www.ParamountBusinessCoach.com  To book Yoon to speak at your next event email: [email protected] To schedule a complimentary business coaching consultation call (215) 292-4947. 


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