by Tracey Harper Published 01/08/2011
R is for Relevant
Is your goal or dream relevant to your life and lifestyle? Does it fit in with where you want to go in life?
If you are one who likes or wants to travel often - go around the world, are you going to be around in town to run your studio?
T is for Time Sensative
Write down your goal with a finish date. Talk about it with your friends and colleagues. This becomes a deadline from which you can be accountable. It also helps keep your goal in the forefront of your activities. For larger projects you can break them down into smaller segments that are timesensitive in order to keep your energy levels and motivation high.
You can apply the S.M.A.R.T. method to all your goals and dreams in life, not just photography. The S.M.A.R.T. method could be applied in your professional, financial, personal, relationship and community goals, to name just a few.
Personally, here is one of my most recent S.M.A.R.T. goals:
My goal/dream was to go to an F1 race and photograph it (a little secret that you should know about me is that I am a huge Formula One racing fan). That happened in Monza, Italy last fall. I applied these very techniques and achieved the majority of my goal.
Truth be known, I really wanted to be down on the track photographing the race (that's my next S.M.A.R.T. goal). Unfortunately I had to do it from the stands. I am willing to try again, and this time I will actually get down onto the track!
Using the S.M.A.R.T. method, I will be going to the race in 2012. I will achieve a roadside pass to photograph the F-1 race in 2012! That goal fits all the criteria.
Have fun with your dreams and goals...and remember - be S.M.A.R.T. about it!
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