What are the three key components of a goal?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Goals expert Gary Ryan Blair discusses the three key components of a goal, that it is specific, measurable, and time-bound.

    Gary Ryan Blair

    Gary is the President of The GoalsGuy Learning Systems, a highly focused training organization whose mission is to help their clients build and sustain superior performance. They accomplish this objective by helping their clients increase their sense of direction, confidence, and capability in all areas of their personal and professional life.

    Gary believes passionately in the enormous, untapped potential that resides within each person and is committed to providing individuals and corporations with tools of knowledge and skill they can use to unlock this potential. He has developed an entire library of world-class training programs, books and learning resources like the Personal Strategic Plan that are designed to make the heart sing, the mind expand and the spirit soar!

    To support his belief in the importance of goal setting and focus, Gary has established and sponsored two nationally recognized events: Youth Goals Education Week, a unique opportunity for kids and teens to learn about goal setting and its influence on their future, and New Year's Resolutions Week, an insightful series of activities designed to encourage people to set goals for their lives.

    Gary believes that life will not go according to plan, if you do not have a plan. He shares this belief and his unique strategies with school systems and companies around the world such as IBM, NASA, General Electric, Federal Express, Ford and many others.

    In addition to The GoalsGuy, Gary has created the wildly successful got goals?® campaign. It's mission is to inspire people to Be More, Do More and to ultimately Have More from life.

    His personal philosophy can be summarized into two words: Everything Counts!™ He believes in sweating the small stuff, and teaches that every action, word and thought either moves you toward or away from your goals, mission and ultimate legacy; that every moment offers an opportunity for advancement or retreat.

    When Gary speaks and writes, he does so from the heart, with warmth and humor. His unique gift is to speak to an audience and communicate with the heart of each person as if they were alone having an important, intimate conversation. A polished storyteller, he has a way of making the seemingly complex, easy to understand.

    Gary, his wife Erika, son Ryan, and daughter Libby live in Tampa, Florida with their two wonder-dogs Beefcake and Pork chop.

    Host: What are the three components of a goal?

    Gary Ryan Blair: The first is specific, the second measurable and third time bound. Let me go through to each one to give you a idea. When we look at the word specific, it is very important to understand why it has to be coined in this phraseology. Everything in life if you look from the standpoint of how result were driven, really require specific components. Example, if you were to go to ATM, it is going to require four digit in the exact same sequence and that works 100% of the time, if you were to dial a phone number again you have to be absolutely precise right on the money, if you are going to sit there and type in an email address or when you log on to web address of some type, again success requires, when talking about success, a successful outcome requires specific instructions.

    Our entire society is driven that way, so the smartest thing that you can do very much the same way that we send a missile is depended upon the longitude and latitude to get in the exact target. You want to be able to program your mind appropriately, so it is impaired that you determine exactly what it is you want to achieve, so maybe one example will be very helpful. If someone want to increase sales what I would suggest that they determine exactly what the product is and exactly the percentage. So, I want to know exactly is it XYZ product and is it 17%, is to achieved by a certain date and what is the measurement system going to be.