Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

Make Your Goals SMART


Would you like this upcoming year to be YOUR year? If so, then your goals must be SMART!

How many times do you sit and make lists or “New Year Resolutions” only to have those resolutions and lists fade away by February 1st? I will wager that it happens over and over again.

Don’t feel bad. It happens to all of us.

The trick is to not just make the list, but to make a plan on how you are going to achieve what is on your list.

I have seen the word SMART used a lot in goal setting. If you are unfamiliar with what that means, here is one graphic that explains it like this:


So let’s go over these goal-setting ideas a little more in depth.

1. Specific – Your goals should identify exactly what you want to accomplish in as much specificity as you can. It is not enough to say “I want to lose weight” or “I want to make more money” or “I want to move.” Your goal should say, “I will lose 20 pounds,” “I will make $5,000 a month” or “I will move to Malibu, California.” Make them specific.

2. Measurable – You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Quantify the result you want to achieve. You need to know absolutely and positively whether or not you hit the goal.

3. Attainable – This one can be touchy, because everyone says to set the bar so high that if you actually achieved it, it would scare you. Good goals should stretch you, but you have to have common sense. For instance, if you want to be a Veterinarian, it would not be attainable for you to say, “I will be a Veterinarian by the end of this year,” unless you’ve been in Veterinary School for the last 3 – 4 years. What would be attainable is saying, “I will apply to Veterinary School.”

4. Relevant – Is your goal relevant to the life you want to achieve? Wikipedia gives the example of a bank manager setting the goal of making 50 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by 2 pm. The goal is specific, measurable, attainable and time based, but is it relevant to what needs to be accomplished? As yourself these questions: Does it seem worthwhile? Is it the right time? Does this match my other efforts?

5. Time Based – A goal without a date is just a dream. Every goal should have a date associated with it. Make sure that all of your goals have a “by when” date. Using the above examples: “I will lose 20 pounds by June 1st” “I will make $5,000 a month by October 31st” or “I will move to Malibu, California by December 1st.”

Write down your goals and review them as often as needed (at least once a week). I have seen several bloggers/entrepreneurs say you should keep the number of your goals between 5 and 10. You don’t want to bite off more than you can chew or else you’ll get frustrated and give up.

I worked on mine over the weekend and came up with 10. I believe I can accomplish all 10 by this time next year. Each one has a date attached to it.

You can live the life you dream of. You can become an achiever and not just a dreamer.

This upcoming year can be YOUR year!

Have you set your goals yet? Are they SMART?

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