Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely
¨Make sure the goal you are working for is something that you really want, not just something that sounds good.
¨Make sure they are your goals not someone else’s.
¨A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal.
¨To set a specific goal you must answer the following:
¤What do I want to accomplish? Identify requirements needed to accomplish the goal.
¨Identify specific reasons, purposes or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
Example – A general goal would be: Get in shape. But a specific goal would say: Join a health club and workout 3 days a week.
¨Establish concrete criteria for measuring your progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.
¨ When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience success.
Ask yourself questions such as, “How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?”
¨You begin to figure out ways you can make your goals come true.
¨You develop the attitude, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them.
¨You can attain any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps.
¨Goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work.
¨A goal can be high and realistic.
¨Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished.
¨A goal should be grounded within a time frame.
¨Without a time frame there is no sense of urgency.
¨“Someday” won’t work – “by May 1st” is a better time frame.
* Earn As for this grading period
* Don’t get a bad email home this week.
* Get to class before the warning bell.
* Complete my assignments before 7 p.m. each night.
* Finish my chores three times this week before my parents ask me.