Successful goals are usuallly: Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Time Bound
Specific Goals Ask and Answer the 6 W’s. 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: Specify reasons, purposes or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
Examples: Goal that needs work: I want to volunteer. Better, more specific goal: I want to volunteer with elementary age children after school at a convenient location.
Measurable Goals Establish Clear Criteria To measure progress, they ask: How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?
Example: Goal that needs work: I want to improve my pronunciation. Better, more measurable goal: I want to improve my pronunciation of “th”.
Attainable Goals Are Within Your Reach As you identify important goals, you begin to figure out ways that you can achieve them. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. Attainable goals are challenging, but they are within your capability.
Example: Goal that needs more work: I want to get my law degree within 1 yr of graduation. Better, more attainable goal: I want to complete my law degree within 3 yrs of graduating with a bachelor’s.
Realistic goals are Do-able They are objectives that you are willing and able to work toward. Goals can be both high and realistic. High goals can be realistic if you truly believe they can be accomplished.
Example: Goal that needs work: I’ll cut sugar out of my diet completely. Better, more realistic goal: I’ll drink one glass more of water per day instead of soda or juice.
Time Bound Goals Have a Specified End. There is a reasonable target date for a timely goal. Deadlines too far in the future can be put off. Deadlines that are too soon can be unrealistic.
Example: Goal that needs work: I will memorize every Micheal Jackson song. Better, more timely goal: I will memorize Thriller by the end of the week.
Long term goals are in your distant future. These can be “wishes” with a basis in reality. To reach them, you need to set smaller, short term goals to aid you in reaching them. ▪ Ask yourself: ▪ What can I do 6 months from now? ▪ What can I do 6 weeks from now? ▪ What can I do today?
Always leave room to be flexible Be SMART Set goals for yourself in various areas of your life. I.E. Academic, physical, mental, social, etc.