Setting good goals is essential for improvement and progress tracking. But what makes a goal a “good” goal? Some people have unrealistic and immediately out-of-reach goals. The S.M.A.R.T. trick to setting and accomplishing goals can help you break up your larger unrealistic goal into smaller goals which will make that unrealistic goal realistic!
S.M.A.R.T. goals are Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.
Specific – you need to be precise in what your goal is.
Measureable – how are you going to determine if you’ve reached the goal or not? You need a way to measure your progress.
Attainable – It needs to be something that is within reach.
Realistic – It cannot be a crazy goal, it needs to be achievable.
Timely – It should be given a date for completion that is relatively short in duration.
If you goal is to run a marathon, that’s great! Let’s look at an example of a S.M.A.R.T. marathon goal: “I want to run a marathon through Walt Disney World on January 11th and I will train for 16-weeks to build up my running endurance to complete the marathon without walking. Each week I will run 4 days a week slowly building up my distances traveled and I will aim to improve by at least a few seconds upon my time of previous runs.”
A non-S.M.A.R.T. goal would be “I want to run a marathon in under 4 hours next month, but I have never ran more than 6 miles.”