Set SMART Goals (Acronym)

Has everyone heard of “SMART goals” ?


Set Specific Goals
Your goal must be clear and well defined. General or vague goals are obstructive because they don’t provide sufficient direction.
Goals show us the way… similar to reading a map to reach your final destination.
Set Measurable Goals
Include detailed quantities, dates, and so forth when mapping your goals.
This will allow you to measure your degree of success.
If your goal is simply save some money: how will you know when you have succeeded?
Be more precise… I will save this amount of money by this date by making these specific changes.
Set Attainable Goals
Make sure that it’s within your reach to achieve the goals you set.
A huge confidence killer is setting a goal that you know you are unable to achieve.
Don’t set goals that are too simple.
Accomplishing a goal that you didn’t have to work hard is not really an achievement.
Set realistic goals that challenge you to find balance.
They require us to “raise the bar” while obtaining personal satisfaction.
Set Relevant Goals
Goals must be relevant to which direction we’d like our life or career to take.
Focus will grow when we set goals that are in line with where we want to be.
If we don’t have set goals we will be all over the place and never get to the place where we actually reach them.
Set Time Bound Goals with a Deadline
Goals need to be set with a concrete finish time in mind.
This gives a date to celebrate accomplishment.
Our sense of urgency is elevated when and meeting our goals; much more attainable when we have a deadline.

20 thoughts on “SMART Goals”

  1. We all need to be reminded about setting SMART goals, well I do anyway. It’s these goals which reminds us what we can achieve in a certain amount of time and not get frustrated about something if we don’t in the end achieve it. I set myself goals quite often, but probably miss out the A or the T- from the SMART, which is essential. Thank you for the encouragement.

    1. Jeremiah,
      I love this acronym. It’s an easy one to remember and definitely helps me keep focused.
      So nice to see you visit my site. Thanks and don’t be a stranger. 🙂

  2. I’ve heard of SMART goals before. I believe the key thing is breaking it out into smaller chunk, and taking action to achieve them. Most people stopped at the taking action part.

    1. Kenny,
      Exactly… by breaking it into the smaller bits, it makes it much easier to achieve and get to the final destination.
      There quite possibly could be me multiple action parts before getting to the end result. Thanks for your input.

  3. Wow, I’ve never actually heard of this SMART goals, but it is definitely any eye-opener. Goals are pretty much essential for getting anything completed. Without them you are running around like a headless chicken and wondering why you aren’t getting anywhere.

    I also agree with you that you should set relevant and attainable goals.

    I know you will help hundreds, if not thousands of people with this article so great job there!

    Kind regards,

    1. Thanks Brandon,
      Yes it just makes getting to the end of your task a little more bearable. Something we could all use at some time or another. I’m glad this article was useful to you.

  4. This is a great article. In such a fast paced world it is easy to become overwhelmed by everything that has to be done. I know if I don’t sit down and organize how I will spend my time I end up wasting a lot of it on unimportant things I really didn’t need to accomplish and then being upset because the important things didn’t get done. I’ve been a little better about it recently, but it certainly is tough when life gets busy! Thanks for a great reminder.

    1. Sam,
      Thanks for your comment on SMART Goals. Breaking them down does really help one to not feel so overwhelmed in the process. Getting organized before trying to tackle a task helps to not get flustered and quit before you reach your final destination. I know it might seem tedious, however it does aid greatly in finishing with excellence and I feel the acronym helps to not skip a step along the way. I hope you have a week.

  5. Great post on SMART goals, these are so essential to success.

    Do you have a good example of a SMART goal that you personally use? I’d like to compare to mine to make sure I am doing it right.

  6. Ryan,
    I, first I want to apologize for not seeing that my response to you didn’t actually post. So… here I go again. Thank You for your great response and yes, I have a great example to share with you. Here goes…. Let’s say we’re going to prepare for your parent’s 50th Anniversary: This is how I would plan using SMART Goals to
    • Specific~~~~~~ Anniversary 12/02 ~ Guests 60 ~ Location Community Center ~ Food Appetizers/Coffee/Water/Cake ~ Video
    • Measurable~~ We know the dates, amounts and time frames we have to work with, we need to create a menu and budget
    • Attainable~~~ The time frame is tight but with proper planning each step can be ahcieved
    • Relevant~~~~Now we have to Narrow Down our Choices and make sure we stay on task and within dates and budget given
    • Time-Based~~With everything planned out above now we have to be sure and celebrate the small wins and relax the day before so we can enjoy the day without stress. (This may be by assigning tasks to others to help in preparation and others to help during the day of the Anniversary).
    As you see… with a well laid out plan utilizing the SMART Goals listed above. The Destination Date should be a Breeze. 🙂

  7. This is a great! I have never heard of SMART goals before, but this is a wonderful tool. I definitely plan on writing this up on my goal board and referencing it! This will definitely help me succeed in the start of my new business! 🙂 Thank you for sharing

    1. Hey Tasha!
      Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m glad this may be useful to you. 🙂 Good luck in your work from home journey! And please come visit often.

  8. Prductive Goals are a very good thing to have. . .I just have to make sure they line up with Gods Word. . .otherwise they have no true value! Life is too short to set a goal for selfish gain only! Eternal rewards are worth any sacrifice we make to help others succeed in life.

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment on this post. You’re right, when your plans line up with Gods word you can’t go wrong! Love and Blessings! Cary

    1. Maurice, Thanks so much for coming to visit. I’m glad SMART Goals were created. Time Management is necessary in this fast paced world for sure. Cary

  9. Hey Cary, that was much needed. I sometimes feel lost and don’t know where I am heading. Thank you for your great post offering a way to move forward with our goals while making them quantitative in terms of success achieved with our goals. Thank you so much. Have a great day.

  10. Hey Cary,

    Thank you for an insightful and balanced article about goal setting. Most goal setting exercises I have seen are nowhere near balanced and this was a fresh, new look at goal setting. I will implement this for sure!

    Thank you!

    1. Dirk,
      Thanks for visiting and I’m glad you found this useful. I love using acronyms… It makes remembering each step of the process much easier. 🙂 Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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