Got Goals? Make them SMART

It’s that time of year again. You know, when we all start to figure out what we want to accomplish. So what goals do you want to reach in 2021? Maybe it’s to improve your fitness, relationships or financial situation. Whatever your goals are this year, let’s make them SMART Goals.

Let me explain.

S = Specific
Smart Goals are very specific. If you want to accomplish a specific thing, you will need to articulate it. Write down your specific goals, post them in a visible location and read them daily.

M = Measurable
Smart Goals are also measured. In other words, create a chart or system that helps you track your progress toward achieving your goal. Visibly seeing your progress on your chart can be a source of motivation to keep you going on your quest to improvement.

A = Achievable
Smart Goals are attainable. When creating your goals, we want to be challenged but not to the point where we won’t hit the mark.

R = Realistic
Smart Goals are ones that are realistic. Can we achieve the goal with the right amount of resources and time?

T = Time-based
Smart Goals have a start and finish date. When a goal has no end, we often times will put it off. It will give you more of a sense of urgency and motivation to accomplish your goal.

As we wrap up 2020, let’s start the new year with goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based. Now, that’s being SMART.