A smart goal is a goal, but not all goals are smart goals.
So then you may be pondering on what the criteria a goal needs in order to be considered a “smart” goal?
Well, the requirements are as such:
The goal needs to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
Put the two and two together yet?
SMART goals are specified by the acronym of S.M.A.R.T.
Let’s dive a little deeper:
S – Specific – This is the goal itself. It’s specific, so it contains the infamous “who, what, where, why” that we recall from elementary school, only now we’re big people in the real world.
Who is involved? What? What is it that you will accomplish? Where? Identify a location. If you want to get out of your home state or out of the country or simply out of the house, specify where. Why? Are there specific reasons, purposes or benefits of accomplishing your goal?
M – Measurable – the big picture is that you want to know if is attainable and how far away completion is. It is important to have a method to measure your progress (sometimes this is in the means of numerical data) – ensuring that you are in constant move for forward progress. Having a measurable goal ensures that you keep on track, and it helps you achieve bench marks within your goal (ex. – if your goal is that you will do something in four years … you’d want to have a method to measure your progress and ensure that you are staying on track each year/benchmark).
A – Attainable – Make sure your goal is not out of reach nor below standard performance. This is the how part of your goal. You want to know that you are able to develop the attitudes, abilities, skills and financial capacity to reach your goals.
R – Relevant – some people will say R stands for Realistic, other will say relevant, the list goes on. Regardless, you want to ensure that this goal you set seams worth while for you. If you’re going to earn a degree in Earth Processes, then having a goal to learn the art of perfect ratio of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches doesn’t seam very relevant.
T – Time-bound – having a commitment a deadline helps you stay focused and driven. Having a time-line is important because it is intended to prevent your goal from being overtaken by the day-to-day crises that arise. It establishes almost a sense of urgency. It provides specific check points for you. What can I do in 6 months? What can I do in 6 weeks? What can I do today?
Things to remember:
When writing your goal, use “I will…” instead of ‘I want to…” Using I will provides a definitive statement, where as I want is more wishy/washy.
Also, when writing your smart goal, you may think that your answers are overlapping and you’re being repetitive in your answers. That is okay! Saying it over and over again allows it to be drilled into your mind, knowing exactly what it is you are going to do, when, where, and under what time restrain.
Knowing this, I can now work on further developing MY smart goal and relating it back to what I want to accomplish during my lifetime on this wonderful planet Earth.
I encourage you to do the same! Figure out what it is you want to do, how you’re going to do it, and especially why you want to do it. Get your daily life on track to where you see yourself in the long scheme of things.
Have any questions or want help developing your smart goal? I’m more than willing to lend a helping hand, or hands.
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Although I think she would be quite understanding if it was used to further benefit your purposes in life.
I just ask you to please recycle once done using.