We want to help you set goals that yield real results. The shortcut is to set S.M.A.R.T. goals, or goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound. Let’s talk about each section. 

First, specific. Identify exactly what is expected and define the 5 w’s: Who is involved? What do you want to achieve? Which requirements do you need to be aware of? Where will your goal happen? And, of course, why do you want to accomplish this goal?

Two, measurable. You must be able to answer questions like, how much? How many? And how will I know when I’ve reached my goal?

Three, attainable. In other words, ensure that your goal is realistic. It shouldn’t be too out of reach, nor should it be too easy. If you goal is attainable, you have what you need to achieve the goal and know exactly how you can accomplish it.

Four, relevant. This focuses on the importance of choosing a meaningful goal. Your goal should be worth your time and effort. It should line up with your morals and mission.

Five, time bound. Decide exactly how much time you want to commit to achieving this goal and identify when you want to reach it.

Identifying these five requirements will help you to set and achieve your goals.


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Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is the Content Development Manager at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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