The Meaning of SMART Goal Setting

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Here is a piece of training I shared with a student this week.

I hope you find it helpful.

The Meaning of SMART Goal Setting

Goal setting is one of the things that successful individuals go through regularly. Setting goals will help them determine what they need to achieve and the necessary steps they need to take to complete them.

 If you are planning to set your goals soon, you should do it with the SMART goal setting method so that you will be able to be effective in doing it.

The SMART method of setting your goals is a way to make it simpler for you to do. If you are wondering what this method is all about, SMART means Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.

Each letter found in the word SMART represents an essential factor or element you need to consider when setting your goals. When you do that, you will be able to set your life goals properly.

Specific – This means that your goals should not be vague or too general. For instance, if you want to be promoted in your job, you want to make it more specific by saying that you want to become a supervisor, manager, or senior manager. When you set specific goals, you will be able to determine the steps that need to be taken since the direction you need to go to would become more apparent.

Measurable – Setting goals that are measurable can help you see your progress in attaining them. For instance, to become a supervisor, you will be able to monitor your progress by carefully evaluating yourself, such as your skills acquired, the kind of tenure you have in the company, and such to achieve supervisory level.

Attainable – This means that you should not set goals that you know it is not possible for you to achieve. For example, suppose you recently were hired by a particular company. In that case, it is not suitable for you to set your goal of becoming a CEO since there are many promotions that you will need to go through before achieving that. You can put that as your long-term goal, though, and the smaller promotions as your short-term ones.

Realistic – Setting a realistic goal does not mean only setting easier goals. Setting a realistic goal means that you need to set goals that you know you will be able to achieve if you work hard and use your skills and talents to hit them. It should also be something that you can achieve with the use of the resources that you currently have.

Timely – Putting a timeframe to achieve your goal will motivate you to hit it. For example, if you want to be promoted to a supervisor, you need to set a time, such as in one year. Thus, within that year, you will be working hard in your current position to build on your performance and impress your superiors. In a year’s time, you will already have supervisory qualifications.

These five steps are the SMART goal-setting method you want to follow to set your goals effectively. Follow them to achieve anything that you put your mind to.

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Published by cafeboss2503

I am a Retail manager with over 30 years of experience and stories. I started as a shift manager and worked my way up to Regional Management positions. I also enjoy a good cup of Coffee.

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