Setting S.M.A.R.T Goals

The greatest achievers in life are people who set goals for themselves and then work hard to reach them.  What they get by reaching the goal is not nearly as important as what they become by reaching them. Whether your goal is to lose weight, become the next Steve Jobs or make partner in two years, setting S.M.A.R.T. goals will give you an edge by keeping you focused and motivated throughout your endeavor.

When you set goals follow these guidelines:

S – specific, significant, stretching
M – measurable, meaningful, motivational
A – agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented
R – realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented
T – time-based, timely, tangible, trackable


Choose one component from each piece of the acronym “SMART.”  Make sure your goals each possess one of these components.  These will make these goals more than just something you’ve set… but something you will attain.

— Stan