Goal Setting: The S.M.A.R.T. Way

“We want to set the goals that our heart conceives, that our mind believes and that our bodies will carry out.”
Jim Rohn
Business Philosopher

What would you try to accomplish,
if you knew that you could not fail?

People who are successful at work know there is always time for what matters to them. They spend their time wisely, knowing their life is a matter of the choices they make.

At work, the best performers focus on results, on their goals, rather than accepting whatever comes their way. They are action-oriented, while others just talk of taking action. They plan each day, while others don’t plan. They are self-motivating, while others simply wait for someone or something to motivate them.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Goals are more likely to be achieved if they are written down. The SMART method provides a structure for creating your written plan. The acronym SMART has several slightly different variations, here’s one of them:

A goal is more likely to be reached when it is specific. To set a specific goal, answer the five “W” questions: Who, What, When, Where, Why. What is your overall vision for successful completion of this goal? Write your goal statement as a first step towards achieving your goal.


Is your goal measurable? How will you know when it is accomplished. Ask yourself ” how much?” and “how many” in order to measure your progress. Measurable goals will help you stay on track and reach your target goals.

Is your goal achievable? Once you identify a goal and begin to take action towards the goal, the capacity to reach your goal starts to show up. You develop the abilities and skills to accomplish the goal. Opportunities and resources become available to help you achieve your goals. Achievers know that they can accomplish almost any goal once they create a written plan and take the actions towards their goal.


Do your specific goals help you achieve your larger goals (your purpose and mission)? Do you believe that you can accomplish the goal? Are you willing and able to work towards the goal? Can you find the resources, knowledge and time to work towards the goal? Are you highly motivated towards accomplishing the goal?

Time Based
A goal should be time-based. Without a time line attached to the goal, there is no sense of urgency. Yet too much time can lower your performance. Identify the actions that you need to take in order to achieve your goal and assign a timeline to each action.

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