Setting SMART Goals

Do you have a goal you’re striving to achieve but instead of making progress, you find yourself spinning your wheels? Here’s the SMART way to gain traction.

Accomplishing any goal requires knowing 3 things and taking simple, yet powerful, steps to achieve them!

3 things you need to know!

  1. Desire: What do you really want?
  2. Drive: Why do you want it?
  3. Do: What do you need to do?

To get started, follow these five steps.

5 Powerful Steps

Step 1: Brainstorm your desire. Write down everything you can think of (big or small) that you would like to change, achieve or do. Goals can be personal, work-related, or both.

Step 2: Look at your list and group items that are similar or that can be combined into one larger goal.

Step 3: Prioritize. Look at your simplified goals and circle the ones you feel are your highest priority. Rate each circled goal on a scale of 1 to 3, 1 being the highest priority and 3 being the least. 

Step 4: Looking at your priorities, identify 1 to 2 goals that will make the biggest impact on your life.

Step 5: Set SMART Goals


Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Framed

Specific: Is your goal(s) specific enough? Is it something that could be easily identified when you’ve reached it? If not, how could you make it more specific?

Measurable: Is your goal(s) measurable? Would you be able to tell you’ve reached it? Is there clear criteria? If not, how could you make it more measurable?

Achievable: Is your goal(s) achievable? Is it something that you’ve considered and understand that it is, in fact, possible and able to be accomplished? If not, how could you adjust your goal and/or timeframe expectations to make it achievable?

Realistic: Is your goal(s) realistic? If it’s big and challenging, that’s great, but is it something you are a) physically and mentally capable of doing, b) prepared for, and c) able to commit to? If not, is there another way to reach your goal, another similar goal, or something you can do to put this one within reach?

Time Framed: Does your goal(s) have a time frame? Have you set a date or duration? Do you have a sense of urgency for the next step? If not, is there anything else you need to do in order to be able to put your goal on a timeline and begin taking action?


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