Setting goals is good. Goals don’t magically happen just because they’re written down somewhere in a notepad or sticky note. You need a plan for action. A SMART goal plan is a great way to achieve your goals. Whether your goal is to lose weight, establish better eating habits, or read your Bible every day, SMART goal setting is an essential step to your success.
SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, & Timely.
S = Specific: Do you know exactly what you want to accomplish? Goals must be well-defined, clear, and unambiguous.
M = Measurable: Can you track your progress? How will you know when you reach your goal? Define specific criteria for measuring progress.
A = Attainable: Is your goal challenging yet possible to achieve? Goals must be achievable. The best goals require you to stretch yourself to achieve them, but are not impossible.
R = Relevant: Is your goal relevant to your life purpose? Your goal must be consistent with your other goals and fits within your short-term and long-term plans.
T = Timely: Does your goal have a deadline? Goals must have a clearly defined timeline including start and end dates.
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”I want to write a book on _____ that is at least 40,000 words in length. I will complete this project by June 30, 2019. I will write 500 words a day until this project is complete.”
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”I want to have a better relationship with my heavenly Father by reading my Bible on a daily basis for at least 5 minutes a day at 6:00am while drinking a cup of coffee at the kitchen table.”