How To Create SMART Goals

This month has been all about setting goals. To create goals, you need a SMART plan. SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound.

To create a goal, you need it to be specific. When you’re creating your goal, make it specific. Think about what you want to complete and what it will take for you to complete it. Think about each action you’ll need to take to achieve the goal. I like to use the grilled cheese example. It would be best to have bread, butter, and a pan when making grilled cheese. What do you need to make your goal?

Your goal also needs to be measurable. What is the end result of your goal? What will you be able to accomplish after meeting your goal? At the end of creating a grilled cheese, you can measure your accomplishment by the tasty sandwich.

They also need to be attainable. You don’t want to make plans you’ll never be able to reach. If your goal is to make a million dollars by the next year, then that might be unattainable. You can’t make grilled cheese if you don’t have access to a fire.

As well as attainable, your goals should be realistic or relevant. How will completing this goal help you in the long run? Your goal needs to make a larger impact than just finishing it for the sake of achieving it. In our case about the grilled cheese, the long-run outcome will be filling your body with nutrients and sustenance.

The last part of creating a SMART goal is to give it a time limit. When we don’t have time limits to our goals, we’re not purposed to complete them. Giving yourself time to achieve your goal helps to keep yourself from dropping the goal altogether.

This method can help make your goals more tangible. Use and apply this method to your goals to give them new meaning.


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