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December 21, 2023

Crush It with SMART Goals! Better Goals and Action Steps

Are you brimming with hopes and aspirations but unsure how to turn them into reality? 

Don’t worry; you’re not alone. The secret sauce? Use the “SMART goals” approach. And no, it’s not the latest business buzzword or self-help gimmick. SMART is a proven, super-helpful framework for creating more effective goals and action steps – It’s an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

The origins of SMART goals can be traced back to a 1981 article by George T. Doran entitled “There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management goals and objectives.” 

The beauty of this strategy is that it can be adapted to all kinds of goals and action steps

Whether you’re itching to master the art of French cooking, aiming to start flossing nightly (let’s be honest, your dentist knows the truth!), or plotting your ascent to corporate stardom, the SMART goals approach has got your back!

So today we’re diving into each letter of the SMART acronym to make sure your goals and action steps pack a bigger punch.

The S is for “Specific”

Think of goal setting like ordering a pizza. You wouldn’t just say “make it a good one” to the pizza chef, right? No, you’d specify toppings, from extra cheese to pineapple (controversial, I know). The same goes for your goals. Don’t just vaguely aim to “get fit.” Come up with a specific goal, like running a 5k. Remember, the more specific your order, the less likely you are to end up with a soggy, anchovy-laden surprise of a goal!

The M is for “Measurable”

This is like having a ruler for your goals. You wouldn’t bake a cake without measuring the ingredients unless you enjoy playing culinary roulette. So, if your goal is to “be more zen,” how about “meditate for 10 minutes daily”? It’s like a measuring cup for your inner peace.

The A is for “Achievable”

This is about setting goals that are within your grasp. Imagine it like trying to lift weights at the gym. If you’re just starting out, you wouldn’t immediately try to bench press 200 pounds, right? That’s a fast track to strugglesville. Instead, begin with something that’s challenging but doesn’t send you to the ER – like lifting 20 pounds. It’s all about those achievable increments. Baby steps to success, not superhero leaps!

The R is for “Relevant”

Goals should align with your life like memes with social media – perfectly. If your dream is to become a famous chef, pursuing a career in accounting might feel like forcing a square peg into a round hole. Choose goals that resonate with your passions, values, and long-term objectives. Your goals should be relevant to your narrative. If it doesn’t fit, it’s time to rethink and redefine.

The T is for “Time-Bound”

Slap a big ol’ deadline on that goal! Without a due date, goals tend to drift into the land of “someday.” If you want to learn Spanish, set a goal like “have a basic conversation in Spanish in six months.” It’s like having a countdown timer for your ambitions – tick tock!

And there you have it, folks! Setting SMART goals isn’t just catchy lingo; it’s a roadmap to turning your dreams into reality. So, grab your metaphorical cape or lightsaber and embark on your hero’s journey with new (and achievable!) goals. 

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