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Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Realistic
Timely
Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:
*Who: Who is involved?
*What: What do I want to accomplish?
*Where: Identify a location.
*When: Establish a time frame.
*Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
*Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, “Get in shape.” But a specific goal would say, “Join a health club and workout 3 days a week.”
Measurable - Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.
When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to
reach your goal.
To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……
How much? How many?
How will I know when it is accomplished?

Attainable – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and
financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.
You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away
and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you
build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.
Realistic- To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who
can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress.
A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy
simply because they were a labor of love.
Timely – A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by?
“Someday” won’t work. But if you anchor it within a timeframe, “by May 1st”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.
Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything
similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.
T can also stand for Tangible – A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing.
When your goal is tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.
Please also see Goal Setting -Powerful Written Goals In 7 Easy Steps!
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August 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm
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August 22, 2011 at 11:23 am
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Jimmy says:
August 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm
Thank you for a very clear and precise article to make SMART goals clearer for me.
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November 21, 2011 at 5:51 pm
Thanks for the article. This is such a good tutorial on creating lasting success through goal setting.
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Cindy Furlong · Top Commenter · Ashford University
I totally feel confident in knowing how to plan and follow through with
my goals now, this was great and valuable information! Thanks =-)
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Leslie Dawn Arnsdorff · Top Commenter · Draining my heart n soul
onto paper for healing at Author · 151 subscribers
thank you for this. it helps me in my school work tremendously.
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Nitin Reddy · STRIKER at FIFA Soccer
sAvED mE wiTh mY pHYs Ed HOmEWoRK.
Reply · · Like · November 27, 2011 at 4:28pm 3
Miles Baughan
Is your caps lock key broken or something?
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Liam Burbidge · Plumpton Agricultural College
suck your mum
Reply · Like · March 15 at 2:47am
Mark Evans Dm · Top Commenter · West Palm Beach, Florida
This is great content and DEAD on... Always Great to look at this
every month AT LEAST once a month :)...Great job... The DM, DN
Reply · · Like · August 20, 2011 at 7:30am 8
Jason Wu
this is great.
Reply · · Like · November 27, 2011 at 10:54am 2
Oscar Lisondra · Works at BLNHS Bo. Luz National High School
I only have a limited understanding about smart goals. now that I am
able to read this article, I am now more confident in explaining this to
my students...thanks a lot...
Reply · · Like · September 6, 2011 at 11:13am 6
Josh Fowler · Fairview High School
this is going to help with my scouting work! thank you
Reply · · Like · November 20, 2011 at 12:55pm 2
Leslie Danelle · Fort Worth, Texas
thank you, great suggestion.
Reply · · Like · August 24, 2011 at 2:36am 6
Anna Marie Sutton Owens · West Davidson High
I am glad I read this. I understand more of what my S.M.A.R.T. goals
are.
Reply · · Like · August 23, 2011 at 8:53am 4
Jf Chævá
Great notes. I'm using this to put my plans in order.
Reply · · Like · August 24, 2011 at 9:40am 3
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