This is a simple step-by-step tutorial to help you use a template to set S.M.A.R.T. goals. (The full template is available at the end of the tutorial)

The Reason For Goals

The theory behind why we set goals is to ensure "success." The purpose of goal setting the proposition that those who set goals for themselves are more likely to achieve success than those who do not.

The five principles of effective goal setting are:

  • Clarity - Goals need to be clear and easily understood.
  • Challenge - High enough level of difficulty that you actually have to push yourself in order to achieve them.
  • Commitment - Without a high level of commitment, it’s difficult to achieve any goal.
  • Feedback - You need information about how well you are progressing toward your goal.
  • Task Complexity - The more complex a goal is, the more time you need to give yourself to achieve it.

    What Are SMART Goals?

    S.M A R T goals are goals which are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. This specific criteria is easily remembered by using the acronym S-M-A-R-T.

    The idea for SMART goals is credited to Peter Drucker’s Management by Objectives concept.

    The concept also received a big boost in popularity when Professor Robert S. Rubin wrote about them in an article for The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

    Now that we’ve clearly defined SMART goals, it’s time to dive into the application, which is Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals.



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    LJacob Premium
    Nice work Stanley. I need to reset some specific goals again that will be achievable this time around. Thanks .
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    Stanleycmng Premium
    That is great. Wish you success.
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    Windomaha Premium
    Nice! I was just going over my goals Stanley and had to make some adjustments.
    I like this acronym...smart! I am going to try it! Thanks!
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    Stanleycmng Premium
    SMART decision by a SMART person.
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    Joes946 Premium
    Stanley, fantastic goals.
    Joe
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    Stanleycmng Premium
    Thanks, Joe.
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    Ahimbe Premium
    We are lost if we go about our business with no goals.
    To me, it is like playing soccer with no goalposts. What would we be playing for then if we cannot score?
    SMART goals setting is the only way to go.
    Thank you for your precise but very informative blog.
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    Windomaha Premium
    Hi Ahimbe...I love your analogy to soccer. I love the game too!

    I had to laugh though as I love to juggle the ball either by myself or with others. It's great exercise and gives a chance to stretch and move my body. I set a goal to beat my last count of juggles when I go out.
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    Stanleycmng Premium
    Playing soccer with no goalpost is called running around with a ball.
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    Stanleycmng Premium
    That is a goal for your juggling. Specific and measurable.
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    Villarose1 Premium
    I have that too. Well done!👍
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    Stanleycmng Premium
    Great, you are SMART.
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