Monday, November 23, 2015

How to Set Your S.M.A.R.T. Goal in 5 Minutes

We all set goals. Well, to be honest, many of us do. I’m sure you and I can both name a handful of friends and colleagues that absolutely never set goals. When asked why, they probably offer this excuse: “What’s the use because I never achieve them anyway,” which is a sound argument. Isn’t it?

In fact, I’m sure these people have a laundry list of reasons as to why they can’t reach the goal line and the biggest accomplishment they have to their name is convincing themselves that they can’t succeed.

But enough about the folks that don’t set goals, let’s put them on the back burner for a moment. How about the people that do set goals but have difficulty achieving desired results. What stops them from getting the job done?

And where do you fit on the spectrum; are you someone that completes any and all tasks easily and effortlessly or are you someone that tastes infrequent success? Sometimes you knock it out of the park while other times you’re left running around the field hoping for a sign of what to do next. If this sounds like you then perhaps it’s a matter of setting a clear and definite goal to move towards.

Remember; if you don’t know where you’re going then how will you ever get there?

A big reason many people have infrequent or little success with their goals is because the end point itself is too vague. These people set goals such as:
-       I want to lose weight
-       I want more clients
-       I want more money
-       I want a better job

But what does that mean?

How much weight and by when? How many more clients and what type of person do you want to work with? How much more money? What kind of job; an advancement or career change?

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Now before we can take any steps towards victory, we need to determine our destination by setting a clear, definite, and well-thought goal – a S.M.A.R.T. Goal. To better serve you, and to keep you on track, S.M.A.R.T. Goals have certain criteria that have to be met. These key points will help you stay focused on what you expect to accomplish.

S.M.A.R.T. Goal Criteria

S – Simple, Specific
            Your goal must be specifically stated and written in simple terms. You’re not writing a mission statement. 1-2 sentences will do the trick.

M – Measurable, Meaningful to you
            You must be able to measure your progress. A great way to measure is with numbers of course.
            Also, it must be meaningful to you. This is your goal, not someone else’s.

A – Achievable
            Is this goal something that you (yourself) have the ability to achieve?

R – Realistic
            Can you complete this goal within the time frame that you set? In other words, don’t create a ridiculous goal and set yourself up for failure.

T – Time-based, Towards what you want
            What date do you want to accomplish this goal by? There has to be an ending point or deadline.
            Also, make sure that the goal is towards a much bigger goal – the big picture. Don’t create random goals that serve little purpose or that move you away from the bigger and most important goals in your life.

Watch this quick video to see how easy it is to use the above criteria when setting your goal. This is something that can be done within 5 minutes!

If you’d like a FREE worksheet to set your S.M.A.R.T. Goals then email me at and write “My SMART Goal” in the subject line.

Until next time, thanks and be excellent!

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  1. The more clearly we can articulate and visualize our desires the closer we get to achieving them. Amazing article and video!!

    1. Absolutely Robert! Thanks for your comment and kind remarks.