Specific: A goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal if it’s specific. 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.
EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, “Get in shape.” But a specific goal would say, “Join a gym and workout 5 days a week.”
Measurable: Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of your goals. When progress is measured, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the sense of accomplishment and achievement. To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……
How much? How many? How will I know when it’s accomplished?
Attainable: When you identify goals that are most important to you, you will naturally begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, talents, skills, abilities, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.
You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed out of reach at one point will eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build your self-image and self-confidence. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to tackle them.
Realistic: To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress.
A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love.
Timely: A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additionally, there are ways to know if your goal is realistic. Gauge our past experience. If you have accomplished anything similar in the past or you can ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.
The last thing I would like to add here is Write Your Goals Down! It has been proven that if you write your goals down and review them often you are more likely to accomplish them.
It is my wish to start 2013 with a list of “SMART” goals that will ultimately improve myself and those around me. Think Smart!