Goal Setting

Goal-setting is powerful because it provides focus. The process of setting goals helps you plan steps that will help you reach the outcome you want.

A well-set goal has five essential characteristics: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-related (SMART).

SMART GoalsThe research shows that specific and challenging goals lead to better performance (Locke, 1968).

S-Smart Your goal should be as specific as possible and answer the questions: What is your goal? Where will it take place?
M-measureable How will you measure your goal? Measurement will give you specific feedback and hold you accountable.
A - Attainable Goals should push you, but they must be achievable. Are your goals attainable?
R-Realistic Are your goal and time frame realistic for the goal you have established?
T-Timely Do you have a time frame listed in your SMART goal? It helps you be accountable and helps in motivation.


Are you ready to get started on your SMART goals?

Download the smart goals worksheet (PDF).

Watch this YouTube video further explaining SMART Goals: