Leap Challenge Day 16: Refine your Objectives

LeadershipOne of the first things a young aviator learns is how to construct a Time-Distance-Heading (TDH) Card. Before the days of the GPS, a TDH card got you to our destination by leading you there one waypoint at a time.

Now that you’ve broken your dream into a few big objectives (or waypoints), it’s time to refine them and make sure they serve you well, bringing you safely to your dream destination.

Leap Task #16: Read the article “Shooting for the Moon,” then make sure each of your objectives meets the SMART criteria.

In your Leap Journal I suggest you list each of your objectives. Then, under each one write a concise statement specifying what it is and why it’s both ambitious and realistic. Next, list a metric for each objective—how will you know when you have achieved each one? Finally add a timeline for each. When will you start working on this objective? When do you plan to finish it? Will you work on each objective sequentially or can some be tackled simultaneously? For sequential objectives, what’s the best order?

How do you feel about your plan so far?


5 thoughts on “Leap Challenge Day 16: Refine your Objectives”

  1. Still feeling pretty good.  I know the last step is hard to put a metric on, other than I got a contract.  A timeline is me saying when I WANT it to be done by, but I have no control over making it happen since I can’t control their choice, only my inputs.  That is where I have to concentrate – make the inputs the best possible so that the folks making the decision are seeing the best I can give, and that piques their interest.  And those steps look like they are well-mapped.

    1. Sounds like you’re right on track, Julie. The parts of a plan that are out of your control are usually the most frightening—and the most exciting. All you can do is focus on the things you can control, doing everything in your power to influence the outcomes you desire.

  2. I like my plan but realized that implementing it will take a bit longer than I originally thought it would. I’m okay with that. Just having a plan is so much further than I’ve gotten with this at all before now.

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