Published: 12/08/2009

by MagicBrad


Create S.M.A.R.T. goals


S – Specific. The more specific your goal is, the greater chance you have of achieving it. Just like when you are driving your car, if you have a specific address, you are much more likely to reach your destination than if you just know the town it’s in. For example a goal like “I want to lose weight” is not specific and doesn’t hold much power for you. However, a goal like “Lose 1 pound per week by working out at the local gym for 1 hour 4 times per week and decreasing my daily calorie input by 500 calories” is much more specific and gives you much more power to actually accomplish the goal.


M – Measurable. This is important as well. If you can’t measure something than how will you know if you are making any progress with it? For example, how would you know your exercise program was working if you couldn’t weigh yourself or see yourself in the mirror. There has to be a way to measure your progress for each goal that you set.


A – Attainable. It is important that you think big. Michelangelo said” The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it.” I am all about thinking as big as we can. But you also don’t want to set yourself up for failure. Setting a goal to make a million dollars in the next 10 minutes might be completely unattainable for most of us. So set goals that you actually believe you can reach. You want to stretch yourself and aim high, but you also want to believe that you can acutally do it. A good way to do this is to set up long term big goals and then chunk those down into smaller shorter term goals. This will help you believe that you can achieve it.


R – Realistic. This goes along with attainable. The point is not to set yourself up for failure. A goal to be able to jump 100 feet in the air may be realistic if you are spiderman, but not so much if you are human that must obey the laws of gravity. Just be realistic with your goals and you’ll be ok.


T – Timely. Boxing your goal within a time frame gives something even more specific to work towards. It also helps you plan your daily tasks and priorities as well. One of the keys to getting things done is proper project management and setting yourself a time frame to work within is an important part of that.


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