What Is a Smart Goal?

by kmstarry@gmail.com on March 11, 2016

SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) goal setting concept presented on blackboard with colorful crumpled sticky notes and white chalk handwriting

Do you set goals?  Do you know how to make effective goals? When making goals, it’s important to learnabout the acronym S.M.A.R.T. It can help you make better goals. Each letter stands for a different area of the goal. If you create a smart goal, you have created a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Reasonable, and Timely. Using SMART goals can set you up for success in your goal setting.

SSpecific, which means that your goal needs to be spelled out very precisely. Using language that leaves no doubt as to what the goal is, why you want to achieve the goal, and how you will get there is very important. If you are not able to be detailed in your description of the goal, it will be hard to meet it. Take the time to do this part right.

MMeasurable, which means that you should be able to use this as a metric for which to determine success. If your goal can’t be quantified, then it’s not a full goal and you won’t know how to tell when you’ve succeeded. An example of a measurable goal is something like: “I want to add 100 dollars per week of income to our bank by writing five 500-word articles each week for a life coach.”

A – There are different things that “a” can stand for but it’s usually Actionable, Assignable or Achievable. The preference to really get something good done is to make your goal actionable, meaning something that you can do something each day that will eventually result in an accomplished goal. Goals should also be achievable or you will only get frustrated. Be accurate about the time it takes to reach a goal, and what actions it takes to get there. Also, know who will be responsible for doing it.

RRealistic or Relevant, and either or both are important and true. If you want your goal to succeed, it should most certainly be something that is realistic or you will fail. It should also be relevant to your life’s vision and match with your values.

T – Various people refer to the “T” in the S.M.A.R.T. acronym as Time-bound, Timely or Trackable. All of these t’s are important parts of the goal creating and setting process. If you don’t set a time limit and you can’t track what is happening, your goal will be hard to quantify or show as achieved.

Whichever words you use to help you craft your goals, the important thing is that you need to have a process to help you make smart goals. Smart goals are goals that you follow through on achieving and know when you’ve met them.

Next week we are having one of our free groups. One of the things we will be talking about is a vision for your life, which goes hand in hand with writing goals. If you would like to take part in our free group just click here and request to join https://www.facebook.com/groups/HealthyVisions/  We would love to have your join us.

We would also love for you to stop by our Facebook page and let’s discuss goal setting.  You can find us here. (Facebook page)

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