Simply setting a goal doesn’t mean that it will actually be achieved. To increase the chances of success, try the S.M.A.R.T. method (see below).


S – Specific

Setting a very specific goal helps pinpoint exactly what it is you want to achieve. Planning for success is difficult without a very specific goal.  When outlining it, be specific in what you want, why you want it, how you’ll go about getting it, when you want to get it by, and who (if anyone) may need to assist you along the way. Instead of setting a vague goal (e.g., make lots of money), create a more specific goal (e.g., make enough money to buy…..).


M – Measurable

Stay away from vague and unmeasurable goals. If the goal is simply to improve your health, then how will you know when you’ve done it? Ensure your goal includes easily measurable components (e.g., exercise on the treadmill 20 minutes per day for 30 days).


A – Attainable

It is preferable to set goals with a reasonable chance of success. After all, failure to achieve your goals can be very discouraging and might even prevent you from setting other goals in the future. Be sure to consider factors like how much time, effort, and money will be required to complete your goal. Use this information to decide whether the goal is actually attainable and if need be, adjust it in order to have a more reasonable chance of actually succeeding.


R – Relevant

How relevant is your goal to you? There’s nothing wrong with seeking outside inspiration when setting up new goals. If your chosen goal isn’t relevant to you, then completing it isn’t going to feel very rewarding. Just because someone tells you that you absolutely must run with the bulls in Pamplona, doesn’t necessarily mean that running with the bulls is a relevant goal (or even a good idea). If you feel no connection to it, you’d be better off working toward a different, more relevant goal (maybe, sitting in a café watching others doing it).


T – Timely

It’s unlikely that your goal will be immediately attainable, otherwise, you’d have already accomplished it. Consider the steps required to achieve it. Factor in reasonable amounts of time to complete each step. When you have a better idea about a reasonable timeline for your goal, set a deadline. Do keep in mind that because things don’t always go as planned, it’s important to have some flexibility in any deadlines you set for yourself (wish our clients would understand this).


These may sound simple but it takes discipline and effort to achieve.

Good luck!


by Mike Djordjevich

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