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Step-by-step guide on how to set SMART Goals
What is a SMART goal?
A SMART goal is a tool used, primarily in business, to help create an actionable plan to set and meet your goals. Many people set giant goals for themselves, they don’t create action plans, and then become overwhelmed and give up. A SMART goal helps you see if your goal is realistic. If your goal cannot meet the criteria for the SMART goal, then you need to reevaluate your goal.
What are the 5 elements of a SMART goal?
SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time. Keep in mind the following when writing out your goal
- Well defined
- Clear to others
- Is the goal obtainable?
- How will you know you are getting closer to completing your goal?
- How far away is your goal?
- Can you realistically accomplish this goal? Be honest with yourself here.
- Why is this goal important to you?
- When will you meet this goal?
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Example of a personal SMART goal
Specific: I will workout 3 times per week for 1 month
Measurable: Fitbit tracker, calendar tracker, online/app workout program
Attainable: I will schedule my workouts in and leave myself reminders.
Relevant: I want to improve my mental and physical health
Time: March 30, 2019.
Example of a professional SMART goal
Specific: I want to acquire 5 new clients for my business
Measurable: By adding how many new clients I bring on while maintaining my current clients
Attainable: I will launch a social media campaign, ask for current client referrals and network with local businesses.
Relevant: Gaining new clients will grow my business and increase revenue
Time: In 2 months.
I hope this post will help you reevaluate your current goals or give you a new way of setting them. If you have a SMART goal, share it below!