Making SMART goals and Reaching them

Goals are for setting. As you get closer and closer to your goal, celebrate, and then set a new goal! How do you make your goal realistic and something that you feel you can achieve? Experts recommend you make SMART goals which are:


Is your goal specific enough? "Make more friends" is a fuzzy goal. "Take one new person out to lunch every month" is a specific goal.

Is your goal measurable? "Get healthy" is somewhat measurable, but "Go for a twenty-minute walk every day" is a measurable goal. So is "eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day."

salesIs your goal attainable? This is a tough one, as sometimes the most impossible-sounding goals are the ones that move us and inspire us the most. My recommendation on this is to build on your goal incrementally. Instead of saying "I'll have 1000 customers in six months" when you currently have 0, consider building it in stages: "I will build my mailing list to 100 committed people in the next three months. During month three, I will request each person to refer two other trusted individuals to me…" and so on, and so forth.

Is your goal reasonable? Your goal makes sense if you truly believe you can reach it. Being reasonable is also tough sometimes, as you want to aim for something high, but you also don't want to give yourself the disappointment of not reaching the goal. Set a goal that seems reasonable to you — make sure it is something that will keep you inspired but is also within your perception of reality.

Is your goal timely? It helps if you anticipate being a multi-millionaire in the next ten years, but it helps even more when you develop a plan for achieving that status? What are your benchmarks along the way? How do you define what your pathway looks like?

SMART goals get you to where you want to be. List them and commit to them in a public place. 

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Monica S. Flores  of 10kWebdesign is committed to educating, empowering, and connecting women in business — she believes in the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profits. She is available for consulting on web development, green business practices, and women in business.


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