A Goal Without a Plan Is Just a Wish

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Viken Mikaelian

Viken Mikaelian

CEO, PlannedGiving.com & MajorGifts.com

Setting Smart Goals

“SMART” is an acronym you can apply to each goal to ensure that it is capable of being achieved. Using these parameters for your goals will help you succeed in any endeavor.

Create goals that are

  • Specific
    Use numbers or clear end results to define your goal. Say “I want to lose 10 pounds” instead of “I want to lose weight.”
  • Measurable
    You must be able to measure your progress in some way. When you set a specific goal that you can measure, you’re sure to be able to see your progress and know when you’ve hit your target.
  • Attainable
    Choose goals that you are confident you can actually reach.
  • Realistic
    Ensure that you have everything you need to achieve your goal.
  • Timely
    Establish a clear timeframe or deadline for accomplishing your goal.

By the Numbers

Consider the recruitment opportunities for your organization that these stats indicate:

  • About 63 million Americans (25% of the adult population) volunteer their time, talents, and energy to making a difference.
  • These people spend an average of 52 hours/year volunteering.
  • 72% of volunteers are involved with only one organization, while 18.3% are involved with two.

Random interesting stats presented monthly from various sources.