Setting and Achieving Goals
Throughout your life, you will be setting goals. To make setting and achieving goals easier, remember the acronym SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.
Specific: Make your goal specific. For example, saying to yourself, "I want to eat at least one fruit per day," is more easily achievable than just, "I want to be healthy." When coming up with specific goal, ask yourself: who, what, when, where, and why?
Measurable: Set a measurable way to check your progress to keep yourself on track. If your goal is measurable, you should be able to answer the question, "How will I know when my goal is accomplished?"
Attainable: When prioritizing goals, your mindset adjusts so that you can achieve your goal.
Realistic: Your goal should be something that you believe can be accomplished.
Timely: Create a timeframe to help make your goal more achievable.
After making sure you have a SMART goal, use these 10 steps to achieve your goals.
- Be specific
- Create a plan
- Make a list of steps
- Act and don't be passive
- Read and seek advice
- Create alternates
- Revisit goals
- Repeat affirmations
- Visualize goals
- Take action
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Written By: Costina Papatheodorou
Reviewed By: Nancy Brown, Ph.D.
Last Reviewed: October 2013
Below are links PAMF accessed when researching this topic. PAMF does not sponsor or endorse any of these sites, nor does PAMF guarantee the accuracy of the information contained on them.
Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals, by Gene Donohue. Top Achievement eBook Success Series.N.p., n.d.
10 Steps to Achieve Goals. Self Improvement - Spiritual Growth - Inner Peace - Success Consciousness, by Remez Sasson. N.p., n.d.
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