SMART Goals

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
April 4, 1999

If you ask most people what is their one major objective in life, they would probably give you a vague answer, such as, “I want to be successful, be happy, make a good living,” and that is it. They are all wishes and none of them are clear goals.

Goals must be SMART:

S   “Specific” For example, “I want to lose weight.” This is wishful thinking. It becomes a goal when I pin myself down to “I will lose 10 pounds in 90 days.”

M   Must be “Measurable”.  If we cannot measure it, we cannot accomplish it. Measurement is a way of monitoring our progress.

A   Must be “Achievable”.  Achievable means that it should be out of reach enough to be challenging but it should not be out of sight, otherwise it becomes disheartening.

R   “Realistic”  A person who wants to lose 50 pounds in~30 days is being unrealistic.

T  “Time-bound”  There should be a starting date and a finishing date.

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