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How To Write SMART Goals


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Discover how to write SMART goals and learn one of the most effective goal setting methods known. If you've ever wondered, 'what are smart goals?', this SlideShare presentation is for you.

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How To Write SMART Goals

  1. 1. How To Write Smart Goals ©2014 Colin G Smith
  2. 2. What Are Smart Goals? ● SMART Goals are one of the most popular goal setting methods because they are effective ● SMART is a mnemonic to guide people when they set there objectives and goals ● By setting a goal which incorporates the following five characteristics, you are much more likely to actualise the outcome...
  3. 3. Smart Goal Specific ● (S)pecific ● The goal has to be very specific, clearly defining what the outcome is you want to achieve. ● A specific goal will usually answer the five "W" questions: ● What: What do I want to accomplish? ● Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal. ● Who: Who is involved? ● Where: Identify a location. ● Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
  4. 4. Smart Goal Measurable ● (M)easurable ● By having a solid criteria that is measurable helps keep you on track to achievement of your goal. ● A measurable goal will usually answer questions such as: ● How much? ● How many? ● How will I know when it is accomplished?
  5. 5. Smart Goal Achievable ● (A)chievable ● The goal has to be realistic and achievable. It's good to set goals that stretch you but not extreme. ● A useful question to ask is, "How can the goal be accomplished?"
  6. 6. Smart Goal Realistic ● (R)ealistic ● Does this seem worthwhile? ● Is this the right time? ● Does this match your other efforts/needs? ● Are you the right person? ● Is this goal in alignment with your other goals?
  7. 7. Smart Goal Timed ● (T)imed ● It's important to set your goal within a time frame - giving them a target date. A time-bound goal helps the mind establish a sense of urgency. ● A time-bound goal will usually answer the question: ● When? ● What can I do 6 months from now? ● What can I do 6 weeks from now? ● What can I do today?
  8. 8. Smart Goal S.M.A.R.T. ● So using all of the SMART criteria we could write out the following goal: ● (S) Specific: I want to be making a living from my new business ● (M) Measurable: I need to make at least £2000 Profit per Month. ● (A) Achievable: I know other people that have done it in the same business. ● (R) Realistic: Yes it is. ● (T) Timed: 12 months from today. ● Actualised SMART Goal Statement: ● “It is the 1st August 2013 and I am making over £2000 Profit Per Month from my business.”