what is smart goal setting

What is Smart Goal Setting?

What is Smart Goal Setting?


We often hear how it is so important to set goals.  If you are not going for a goal, then what are you really going for?


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What is Smart Goal Setting and do I really Need to Set Goals?

 I heard a saying regarding Goal Setting once;

                                           “If you don’t know what the money’ is for  – You can’t get the money”

How true is that statement?

To really attain a goal or dream it must be well defined. Ask yourself, What do you really want out of life?
The following SMART system is a proven method of defining and developing goals.


So What is Smart Goal Setting?  Let me explain here.

 The  —  SMART —  is an acronym for the following;

what is smart goal setting
What is Smart Goal Setting?

Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely

And they all relate to the “SMART” Goal setting system.


First up:  S = Specific    

A specific Goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal so, identify your precise “Why?” and what you are passionate about and trying to achieve. It may be financial, spiritual, health, material etc

Here is an example of a Weight Loss Goal of mine:

Being too general would be, “Get into shape.”

But a specific Goal would say, “Download some You Tube fitness videos and exercise regularly early mornings 4-5 times a week”

Taking time also to visualize having achieved what I desire. How do I feel now that I feel fitter, slimmer and I am healthier and happier?

Get emotionally involved with the END RESULT.


M = Measurable

 To determine if your Goal is measurable, ask questions such as…

“How much time will I need?  How will I know when it is accomplished?”

Your goal must be measurable. Saying “I want to be out of debt” definitely isn’t going to get you the results you want.  Saying, “I will earn $50K in 6 months and by December 1, 2017″  is more decisive and measurable and your focus is on working towards and earning the 50K – not thinking about the debt.

The result having achieved the goal, will be that you are out of debt as well.


A = Achievable

When you identify the Smart Goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You must believe that you are able to achieve your Goal. It may seem somewhat unrealistic to you now, but it shouldn’t seem insurmountable.

So start figuring out ways you can make it come true. If you have to develop a better attitude, abilities and skills then get started on them right away.  Action has to be backed up every day to attain what you are going after.


R = Realistic

Your Goal should be realistic and something you are passionate about – you should be emotionally involved with your goal and it should never be somebody else’s!

A big yet realistic Goal is generally easier to reach than a small one because small goals exert low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love.


T = Timely

Your Goals should have an expected date of completion. This is usually an educated guess. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by?

“Someday” won’t work. But if you anchor it within a time frame, “by June 1st,” then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the Goal and a date to achieve it by, setting up a sense of urgency.


In Conclusion

Once you have set your Goals, spend time daily reflecting on them. Write them onto Goal Cards and carry them with you everywhere. Identify what actions are necessary to take on a daily and weekly basis to achieve your Goals. In addition, identify what actions you currently are taking that are NOT in alignment with achieving your Goals.

 Follow through with consistent, focused action.  When you have Goals you are emotionally involved with and are passionate about, taking action will be easy.

Learn to set short term, medium term and long term Goals. With a clear purpose, defined Goals and focused action, the results are already yours!


I do hope you found some value in this ‘What is Smart Goal Setting’ post and hope you can define and go after your goals.

Do share below a SMART Goal that you defined, took massive action and achieved it.

I would love to hear it!








2 thoughts on “What is Smart Goal Setting?”

  1. Hi,
    Thanks again for this post. The way you explained goal setting gave it a whole new meaning for me.

    The specific goal setting in which you pointed out that specific goals has a much greater chance of been accomplished than the bigger goals we set for ourselves is very true.

    I can totally relate to that because i witness it often and thanks to personal audit and change management.

    Anyways let me not waste your time. Thanks again for the great post.

    • You are welcome Richard. Yes it is good to set smaller goals along the way. That way you feel you have accomplished things and want to move onto bigger ones!


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