SMART goals

smart goal setting concept

With the new year comes the opportunity to choose a fresh start, a new beginning, a clearing of the table to start again. Many of you may be familiar with the acronym S.M.A.R.T. as a helpful goalsetting tool. For those of you who haven’t, or who need a refresher, check it out!

Specific- The more exact you are with your goal, the better!

Ask yourself the W’s:

  • What: What do I want to accomplish?
  • Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
  • Who: Who is involved?
  • Where: Identify a location.
  • Which: Identify requirements and constraints.


Measurable- Have a benchmark and an end goal that you can measure, so that you can mark progress and celebrate the wins along the way! Each step forward is to be celebrated. It is movement, and a step closer towards your goal, which is closer than you once were.

Attainable- Be realistic with your goal. Make it stretching enough that you need to work at it, but not so far of a stretch that it is out of reach. Develop the skills and abilities that will help make this goal achievable. An attainable goal means that you have an understanding of the “how” of your goal.


Ask yourself:

  • Does this seem worthwhile?
  • Is this the right time?
  • Does this match my other efforts/needs?


Timely- It is important to set a timeline for yourself. You can even set several timely goals along the way to help keep the momentum going. Without a measure of time, your motivation for achieving your goal has the potential to fizzle out. Don’t let this be the case!

If this has been helpful to you and you would like to explore goalsetting further, please contact me. I would love to be a part of helping you achieve your goals for 2013 and beyond!

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