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Setting SMART Goals

Setting SMART goals allow you the best chance of success. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time bound.

Specific

Specifics help us to focus our efforts and clearly define what we want to accomplish. "I want to lose 10 pounds" is better than "I want to lose weight."

Measurable

Your goals must be measurable. In other words there is usually a number involved - dollars, days, times per week, weight. When you create a goal that is measurable, it's easy to determine when you're getting closer or if you've reached your goal.

Achievable

Nothing happens without action. Your goal must promote action. You must be able to break your goals down into actionable tasks.

If you can't control the outcome of your goal (I want to win the lottery), it's not a real goal. It's a wish and a dream. Your goals must be something you can control (I want to run my first marathon by this time next year).

Relevant

Your goals should inspire you. If they don't, set new goals. Your goals must be inline with your values. If there is a conflict between your goals, you won't achieve them.

Time Specific

Anybody who starts a goal with "someday I want to..." will never achieve the goal. It's too vague, and there is no time frame. The best goals have a deadline.