S.M.A.R.T Goals




Specific goals have a greater chance of getting accomplished than when you set a general goal. In order to set a specific goal, answer the following questions:

  1. Who is involved?
  2. What do I want to accomplish?
  3. Where? Location identification.
  4. When is it due?
  5. Which? Requirements and constraints, if any
  6. Why am I doing this?


General Goal: Get in shape

Specific Goal: Join a gym, and work out for 3 days each week


Establish a tangible criterion to measure the progress of attaining each goal. When progress is measured, you are able to see how far you’ve come, if you’re still on track, if you’re able to adhere with the target dates that you set. To determine the measurability of your goal, ask the following questions:

  1. How many or how much?
  2. How do I know I’ve accomplished it?


When you have identified the goals that are most important for you, you will be able to figure out the ways that will make them more achievable or attainable. You will develop the required attitudes, abilities, skills, and even financial capacity in order to reach them. You will begin to see previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself a bit closer to achieving your goals.

You will be able to attain almost any goal that you set when you plan the steps you take wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that you may think are unreachable will eventually move a bit closer and become achievable, not because you made them simpler, but because you grow and expand to be able to match them. List your goals as you would your self-image. If you see yourself worthy of these goals, then you will be able to develop the traits and personality that will enable you to attain them.


In order for a goal to be realistic, it must represent an objective towards something that you are willing and able to work on. Only you can decide on this, but be sure that every goal you set will represent a substantial progress. A high goal is often easier to reach because low goals are often not motivational.


Any goal you set should be grounded within a time frame. If you don’t have a time frame, then you will have no sense of urgency whatsoever. For example, if you wanted to lose weight – say 10 pounds, when do you want to lose it by? Anchoring it within a given time frame will set your mind into working towards the goal of losing weight. You goal will be realistic if you BELIEVE that it is something that you can accomplish. Additional ways to know if the goal is realistic is determining if you have previously accomplished anything similar to it.

T could also stand for the word Tangible. A goal is said to be tangible if you are able to experience it with at least one of the sense. If your goal is something that is tangible, then you have a good chance of making it something that is specific and measurable, and as a consequence, attainable.

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