Goal Setting for Goal Getting–Set Yourself Up for Success!

Posted on January 17, 2014 by admin

SMART goals first appeared in a November, 1981 issue of Management Review (vol. 70, issue 11), in an article titled “There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management’s goals and objectives.” by George Doran, Arthur Miller, and James Cunningham. The list below is based on this article.

How to Develop SMART Goals

Goals should meet the below Criteria:

Specific and Simply Stated

Measurable and Meaningful

As if NOW


Timely or Time Sensitive

Developing Specific Goals:
*What: What do I want to accomplish?
*Where: Identify a location.
*When: Establish a time frame.
*Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
*Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, “Get in shape.” But a specific goal would say, “Join a health club and workout 3 days a week.”

Developing Measurable Goals:
When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.

To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……
How much? How many?
How will I know when it is accomplished?

As if NOW
I choose to exercise 3 times per week and am enjoying feeling energized and healthy every day.
I prioritize taking 15 minutes for myself each day to visualize and I allow calmness to flow into my life.
As I practice my hypnosis each morning, every day I enjoy a greater sense of inner strength.
I enjoy my ability to truly focus on one task at a time. I am organized, disciplined and focused.
I feel more energized every day as I choose to make healthy choices for my body, mind and spirit.


A goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work.
Don’t set your sights too low–some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seemed easy simply because they were a labor of love.


Breaking your goals into short-term and long-term helps with immediate as well as longer-term motivation for change.

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