S.M.A.R.T. Goals

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.

SPECIFIC

  • ¨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.

MEASURABLE

¨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?”

ATTAINABLE

¨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.

REALISTIC

¨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.

TIMELY

¨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.

Examples

* 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.