Happy Tony Finau Day!  Four years ago today, Governor Gary Herbert named February 22, 2017 “Tony Finau Day” in Utah, and we’ve been celebrating ever since!  Each year we take the opportunity to follow Tony’s lead and #InspireSomeone by looking for ways to pay it forward and better ourselves.  In 2020 we started a goal setting initiative to help elementary school age children identify a S.M.A.R.T goal and step out the process to get there.  Tony kicked it off for us by sharing his 2020 goal at the time, to qualify for and play in the 2020 Olympic Games.  Due to the extenuating circumstances of 2020,, the Olympic Games were delayed to 2021, and this goal remains in play!  Here’s how S.M.A.R.T goals are defined:

Specific: state what you’re going to do; use action words

Measurable: provide a way to evaluate; use data or metric targets

Attainable: within your scope; possible to accomplish, within reach

Relative: makes sense for your role/stage; can you realistically achieve it

Time Sensitive: deadline driven; give yourself a finite time to accomplish it

Tony is a prime example of setting S.M.A.R.T goals.  Each year he takes the time to set yearly goals and then breaks them down into mini goals to work on daily, weekly, and monthly.  Part of stepping out your goals is checking in on the progress.  This doesn’t mean your goal needs to be completed, rather it’s making sure you’re on track and on pace to finish by the deadline you set.

This year we asked the students at Backman Elementary School to take on the goal setting challenge.  They’re well on their way to improving their art, studying to increase their test scores, read more books, and so much more!  We’ll check in on them at the end of the school year to see the progress they made and celebrate the success they’ve found. 

If you want to join our friends at Backman Elementary School, you can print out a custom Tony Finau Foundation goal sheet of your own.  Click the link below to download your copy and be sure to share your progress with us on social media @tonyfinaufoundation.