Are your goals SMART?

goals and success

S-M-A-R-T Goals: Bringing Clarity to Each Goal

Sure many companies make goals, but are they:
•S – Specific
•M – Measurable
•A – Attainable/Actionable
•R – Relevant
•T – Timely/Time Based

According to Wikipedia, 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.

You should have a way to measure progress towards realizing your goal. Then you see if you are moving towards the attainment of the goal, keeps you motivated and focused.
A measurable goal usually answers questions such as:
• How much?
• How many?
• How will I know when it is accomplished?

You want realistic goals that can be obtained. Make them goals that are important to you. A goal that is attainable will usually answer the question, How… can the goal be accomplished

Your goal has to be one that is important to reach. Relevant goals (when met) drive the team, department, and organization forward. A goal that supports or is in alignment with other goals would be considered a relevant goal.
A goal that is relevant goal, can answer yes to these questions:
• Does this seem worthwhile?
• Is this the right time?
• Does this match our other efforts/needs?
• Are you the right person?
• Is this acceptable for correction?

T–ime Based
Commit to a deadline. Don’t allow excuses that other things get in the way. There will always be daily issues but don’t allow them to get in the way of accomplishing the steps needed to reach your goal.
A time-based goal will usually answer the question:
• When?
• What can I do six months from now?
• What can I do six weeks from now?
• What can I do today?
S-M-A-R-T goals will serve you well in your business – no matter what industry you are in.

Have you used them or not? Please write your thoughts, questions and comments below. I will respond.


3 thoughts on “Are your goals SMART?

    • Thanks for your comment, Cheryl. I believe the whole company involved in these SMART goals would be helpful. They are more likely to buy-in to the goal suggested. At times, the CEO can suggest or mandate a goal. For example, by implementing my referral plan, increased income would result. Perhaps some of the team members are not thrilled with this addition (however small) to their duties or have an issue with change. Once explained how it helps the co. and thereby increases their job security and perhaps bonus (if applicable) is certainly a must.

      May everyone reach greater success by utilizing SMART goals. I hope this is helpful. Thanks again for your question. Let me know any additional thoughts/comments please.


    • So glad you “liked” my blog post, Gina. I believe the information will give you much value if you use this in your business and perhaps personally as well.

      Please keep checking my posts for additional valuable information. I wish you great success and joy.


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