You take a flight but you don’t know where to go, did you get into any destination? You write
a letter and post on post office without mentioning the address, did that letter ever sent to
anybody? Goal setting is the same as that. Many people set goals but they don’t set clarity of
goals. They don’t set the destination of goals. A goal without any plan is just a desire or
dream. SMART goals is the tool of setting achievable goals whether it is personal or professional.
We continuously make an effort to achieve but we can’t. We face a lot of problems while
achieving the goals. This is because your technique of goal setting is faulty. Here we are
going to discuss the SMART goals which help you to make your goals achievable.
WHAT’S IN IT
Introduction to SMART goals
Different organizations as well as individuals want to make their goals achievable. There is
the process of setting the goal in an appropriate way so that we can achieve them. SMART
goals is one of the tools or techniques which various organizations use. This technique helps
you to attain and track your goals. You can verify at every point if what you are doing will get
the desired results. SMART goal technique is also widely accepted by the goal setting theory
by Edwin Locke.
What SMART goals stand for
SMART goals is the analogy which indicates five characteristics of any goal. SMART stands
for these things.
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Achievable
R = Realistic/ Relevant
T = Time-bound
THe first character of SMART goal is specific. It says that the goal should be specific. We
may have set many goals but are they really specific goals?
A specific goal is that goal which gives you the clarity of your goals. If you know everything
about your goals then that becomes your specific goals.You should ask the question with
how, what, where, when etc regarding your goals. If you have all the answers then it
becomes your specific goal.
For example: if you want to become millionaire then to make your goal specific ask yourself
yourself these questions:
What are you going to do to achieve this goal?
How much time will it take you to do that?
In what age do you want to achieve that goal?
So, finally you can set goals like “I am going to be a millionaire at the age of 25 with my
business”. This is how you can set the goal.
SMART goals suggest that the goal should be measurable. If you set the goal in which you
cannot measure the progress you have made then that goal will never be achieved. You
should know how much you have achieved and how much you have remained to achieve.
You should break your goals into measurable units so that you can easily complete them.
For the example of measurable goals, if you set the goal like “I want to lose my weight”. In
this goal you cannot measure the progress of losing your weight. But if you set like “ I have to
lose 10 kg in 3 months” then the progress can become measurable. Infact, you can break it
down such as how much you have to lose in one week to achieve that goal in a specific time.
The third analogy of SMART goals setting is the achievable goals. Every year many people
set new year's resolutions but most of them fail to achieve at the end of the year. It is
because they set goals which are very difficult to achieve. Research shows that we will get
motivation to do any works only if we have chance to complete them. If you didn’t see any
proof of achieve in life then you’ll demotivate to do that work.
So, before setting any goals check whether that goal is achievable to you for now or not. If
not then please do not set that goal because that goal will not give you success rather it can
put you in the mental burden.
For example, if you set the goal to be a billionaire in one year, then it is technically not
possible to do so. If you set this type of goal then your goal become unachievable.
The other important character that SMART goals setting suggests to us is the relevance of
your goals.Your goal should be relevant to yourself. Suppose you are very good at drawing
but your parents force you to become an engineer and you set the goal to become an
engineer. Is that a relevant goal for you? And are you going to achieve it? Obviously it is not
a relevant goal for you. Your goal should be something related that makes you motivated to
Another meaning of R is realistic. You set a goal which is completely unrealistic and you
dream to achieve it. This is the foolish thing. You can only achieve the realistic and practical
goal. So, check before setting the goal that whether your goal is relevant to yourself or
whether your goal is realistic or not?
The other character that the goal should have is time boundness in goal. Every goal should
have some deadline to achieve it. Goals which are bounded on time have more possibilities
to be successful rather than which are not bound by the time.
Time adds value to the goal. Suppose you want to lose your weight but you haven’t set any
time to achieve that goal. Now, you don’t have the measure of how much you have to lose
and in how much time. Ultimately, you are not going to do any of the effort to achieve that
So while setting a goal you must set using the SMART goals setting process and give a
certain deadline to any of your goals. Because if you set the time limit then your mind will
motivate you to do more work.
To complete the task in time you can set the reward, if you complete the task in time.
These are some the five characters which you should follow while setting the goals. If you
set the goals using the SMART goals setting model then the probability of achieving the goal
will be increased.
Tip to make smart goals
Here are some of the tips for the SMART goals setting.
Think about Big picture
Always think about the end goal. Many times when we put any goal we take action for
sometime but eventually we don’t continue them. But we should focus on the result, what we
are going to achieve at the end of the day. So always think about the result which is big in
the process. It will help you to stay focused.
Break goals into smaller action plans.
Once you think about the big picture, you break down your goals into smaller actions. This
will help you to know how measurable and attainable your goals are. Also this will provide
you momentum to execute your goals in the right direction.
Write them down
Goal setting is not wishful thinking. You should write your goals systematically. It will help
you to go from one point to another smoothly. If you write the goals then you can have a plan
of how to execute the goals IT will help you to take you to your desired result more
Track the progress
You need to track the progress on some period of time. You have to review your goals. If
your goal is a team goal then you should organize a weekly base meeting to discuss the
target. If you have achieved some of the achievement then praise it, reward yourself. But if
you have left something then try to improve on that. Basically , give and take feedback from
If you are setting a goal for yourself then also track your goal progress. Check how much you
have completed, how much you have to complete. Give proper feedback to yourself.
SMART goals setting is a method to take one step closer to your goals. The five characters
in the SMART goals setting process give you the clarity to work towards your goals. Breaking
your goals into smaller actions making them attainable is necessary to achieve the goals. At
last, if you succeed in your goals then don’t forget to celebrate that goal and give reward to
yourself. This will motivate them to achieve more goals like these.
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