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Setting SMARTer goals

Goals are "wants" - targets that we want to achieve.

For something to be a goal, it has to:

  • be important to you, personally.
  • be clearly defined.
  • be within your power to make it happen through your own actions.
  • be something you have a reasonable chance of achieving.
  • have a specific plan of action.

When setting goals, make sure that your goals are:

Your goal is right to the point.
Know exactly what you want, what you'd like to see happen, what you are striving for. The more specific the goal, the easier it will be to get it.

You will know when you have reached your goal.
You can keep track of your progress and see if you are moving toward your goal. Ask: How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?

Only you know what you want.  It follows then that only you can write your goals. Your goal is something you know you will achieve. It should not be so challenging as to be impossible to achieve, nor should it be so basic that it can be achieved with little or no effort. Can you see yourself there?

Your goal is something you know you will achieve and it won't be impossible to reach. It is not beyond your ability.  It can be accomplished. You have the knowledge, skills and competency to reach it.

Your goal has a clear "start" and "end" date. There is a time frame. The amount of time you have to reach your goal is reasonable - not too short, not too long. 


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