Bob was not prepared when the State Patrol flagged him for a roadside stop. He blew a .06 Another beer or two would have put him over Colorado’s .08 BAC.
The next morning, Bob saw how close he had come to a DUI. A couple clicks led him to NoDUIColorado.org. Last night’s party with friends could have cost him over $13,000. A quick calculation showed him those beers would have been over 30% of his income for the year.
Bob was determined that there would be no DUI in his future. He would write a different script for his life.
Together, we made a plan to help Bob make the changes he wanted. Bob showed me a model of S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goal setting that he used with his direct reports at work.
- Specific goals help you identify your objective. You can state clearly what you’re planning to accomplish as well as the actions you’ll take to fulfill them.
- Measurable goals. You can track your progress toward the goal as well as any standard of performance.
- Attainable goals. Given your available resources (i.e. personal commitment, time, money, supporters, etc.) you have a strong confidence that you will achieve your goal.
- Relevant goals. Your goals are consistent with your values and beliefs. Relevant goals focus on what’s important to you.
- Time-specific goals put a date on the calendar. Time-specific goals help you measure your success along the path of reaching your goal. Time-specific goals can assist you in developing an action plan for reaching the goal.
- Evaluate your goals. Your original goals need to be reviewed from time to time. It’s important to have an honest conversation about any factors that might change with time.
- Revise your goals. After evaluating your progress toward your goal, you should re-do any goals that need changing and continue the SMARTER goal-setting process.
We meet regularly as part of his commitment to his goal to take effective control of his drinking. There would be no DUI in Bob’s future.
If you’re concerned that alcohol is becoming a problem for you or someone you care about, contact me today.