How to set SMART goals

Goal= “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result“.  Goals are an important part of life.  They can give you a boost in motivation and help with staying organized.

We can have short term goals, such as completing three workouts per week and long term goals, like weight loss.  Goals help us focus our attention on what we want to achieve and keep us on track.  Small steps and short term goals keep us on the right path to accomplish our long term goals.  Goals help us determine what’s important to us and keeps us focused.

We can “get to work” on our most challenging struggles with goal-setting.  Whether it be health goals, fitness goals, or work related goals, making a specific plan is key.  We want to be able to focus our time and energy on what we want to accomplish and also be able to track our progress along the way.  An effective way to prepare for success is by setting SMART goals.

SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound.  SMART goals will help “pave the way” for your success!

SPECIFIC:  What do you hope to achieve?  Your goals should be clearly defined.  You should state exactly what you want to accomplish.

MEASURABLE:  How will you know if you achieve said goal?  Being able to see the progress you’ve made will help your motivation to continue.

ATTAINABLE:  Is your goal really one that you are actually able to achieve with a reasonable amount of work?  The goals you set should be sensible and practical.

RELEVANT:  When you reach your goal, how will it make you feel?  Choose a goal that is important and worthwhile.  You want your goal to be appropriate to your needs, interests, and skills.

TIME-BOUND:  When do you want to accomplish your goal?  If you specify a particular date by which you want to reach your goal, it will keep you on track.  Consistently keep an eye on your progress to make sure you are moving forward toward your goal.

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Having SMART goals will certainly increase your chances of success.  This will help change a non-specific plan into a clearly defined plan.  Defining your goals this way will motivate you and help you remain focused.

I think it helps to actually write it down.  Seeing your goals spelled out on paper makes it “real”.  Taking the time to sit down, make a plan, and knowing the steps that you need to take gives you accountability.  Increase your chance for success and make your goals SMART!

Do you set specific goals?



4 Responses to How to set SMART goals

  1. I do try to follow this principle as well. Whether I can always stick to them is another story!

  2. Kim G says:

    I try to follow the SMART principle as well. I find those types of goals are easier to accomplish.