Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Realistic
T = Timely
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 six "W" questions:
*Who: Who is involved?
*What: What do I want to accomplish?
*Where: Identify a location.
*When: Establish a time frame.
*Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
*Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
A general goal would be "Get in shape." But a specific goal would be "On May 1st, I will join a gym and workout for 60 minutes 3 days a week."
Measurable - Establish specific, concrete benchmarks for measuring progress towards the attaining of each of your set goals. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement. This will inspire to continue the effort required to reach your goal.
To check if that your goal is measurable, ask questions such as: How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?
Attainable - When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to create ways you can make them become reality. You will want to develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. Opportunities that you previously overlooked will become apparent to you.
You can attain most any goal you set when you wisely plan a series of small achievable steps and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that used to seem distant and beyond reach eventually seem closer and attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. Writing your goals down builds your self-image. As you see yourself worthy of these goals, you begin to develop the traits and personality that allow you to create them.
Realistic - To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective which you are capable and willing to create. Your goal can be both high and realistic; , only you can decide just how high your goal should be. Be sure that each goal represents substantial progress. The goals needs to be both challenging and attainable.
If you truly believe that it can be accomplished, your goal is probably realistic Additional ways to check that your goal is realistic include; if you have accomplished something similar in the past or to ask yourself what conditions would be necessary to accomplish this goal and they are realistic.
Timely - A time frame grounds a goal in action. Without a time frame there is no sense of urgency in achieving the goal. If your goal is to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? "Someday" won't work because "someday" is not on the calendar. When you give your goal a time frame, e.g. "by May 1st", and a time to begin creating it, e.g. "today" you set your unconscious mind into motion to begin bringing your goal into reality.
"T" can also stand for Tangible - When a goal is tangible you can experience it with your senses, the more senses you involve the more tangible to your unconscious mind. Your senses are taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing. The more tangible your goal the better chance you have of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.