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Achieving Success with SMART Goals

If you’re reading this, chance’s are you’re a go-getter, working hard to excel while trying to strike a balance between your personal and professional life. Well, guess what? You’ve come to the right place! Today we’re exploring the magic of setting SMART goals and how they can unlock a world of opportunities for you.

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Whether you’re dreaming of a promotion, chasing a passion project, or simply seeking personal growth, SMART goals can help you get where you’re trying to go. So, grab your favorite cup of coffee, a notebook and a pen, and let’s get to SMART goal setting!

Understanding SMART Goals: A Blueprint for Success

Welcome to the world of SMART goals. Now you may be wondering: what sets SMART goals apart? Why am I always hearing about them? How can they help me?

I’m glad you asked.

SMART goals aren’t your run of the mill, usual, everyday goals. They’re not wishes floating on the wind. They’re a strategic tool that you can use to craft your dream life and execute your plans. The key difference is the level of intention behind the goal. It’s all in the name.

What does SMART stand for?


The first thing to know about SMART goals are that they’re specific.

What does this mean?

SMART goals are crystal clear and success is distinctly defined. After all, how can you accomplish your goals if you don’t know what it looks like when you’re done?

For example: let’s say I want to do better at work. What does that even mean? Am I looking for a promotion, a raise, or a compliment? Here we need to define what the goal is, what success is to us.


M is for measurable. Our goals need to be quantifiable or we need a way of tracking progress.

If your goal is quantifiable (ex: I want to earn $10,000 this year through a side hustle) then it’s easier to see how you’d measure it. In this case, we’re going to be looking at the dollars earned. It’s also good to break this up into smaller chunks to track your progress whether you want to go every $1,000, $2,500, or $833 (the amount you need to earn monthly if you’re looking at a straight line of earnings).

If you’re goal is not immediately quantifiable (ex: I want to earn a promotion) then it’s time to get creative. While it may feel like it’s a binary goal (either you get the promotion or you don’t), there are actually ways to break it down. Think about how your performance is measured and go off of that instead.


Your goals don’t need to always be these big, huge dreams to accomplish. In fact the best ones are the ones that are challenging, yet attainable.

It’s all about balance. After all, if it’s not challenging, you’re not pushing yourself to grow (See this post on how to have a growth mindset), but if it’s too challenging, you may become discouraged and give up.


Now setting goals is great, but you want to make sure that it’s relevant to you. Goals are personal. My SMART goals may not match yours (though we may have some (or even a lot of) overlap) and that is totally okay. Actually, it’s preferable, because it means that we have personalized our SMART goals to our needs.

Your goals should align with your personal values, passions, and long-term aspirations. For example, if you want to start your own business, think about what you actually like and will stick with, not just what is profitable. If it’s not relevant to you, you’re more likely to ditch it.

Time Bound

Give yourself a realistic deadline.

The keyword there is *realistic.* Give yourself enough time to accomplish your goal, but not enough to where you’ll procrastinate. Realistic deadlines can help keep you motivated and focused.

You’ll have to acknowledge everything else you have going on and break up your goal accordingly to ensure that you can juggle all of your commitments. If you want more tips on time management check out this post I have on how to organize your week to maximize your time.

Crafting SMART Goals: A Step by Step Guide

Are you ready to dive into the exciting process and create your own SMART goals? Get ready to unleash your potential and turn your aspirations in actionable plans. Let’s break it down step by step:

Step 1: Identify Your Priorities

Before your start setting your goals, think about what actually matters to you. Think about your passions, your values, and your long term vision.

What are the areas of your life that you want to improve or excel in? Whether it’s advancing in your career, nurturing your personal relationships, or taking better care of yourself, pinpointing your priorities will set the stage for meaningful goal setting.

Step 2: Be Specific and Detailed

Now that you’ve got your priorities in focus, it’s time to get specific. Why? If your goal was a destination on a map, would you prefer vague directions, or a clear path? Be precise about what you want to achieve. Instead of saying “improve my professional skills” aim for “complete a leadership workshop within the next six months to enhance my team management skills.”

Step 3: Measuring Progress Effectively

We’ve already gone over why this is important. So now it’s time to decide how you’ll measure your progress. Some examples could be tracking the number of pages you read, the amount of weight you lift, or the hours you dedicate to a project.

Remember, this not only keeps you on track, but it provides an important sense of accomplish along the way!

Step 4: Realizing Achievable Dreams

Ambition is fantastic, but setting unattainable goals leads to frustration.

Ask yourself: is this goal within my reach given my current resources and circumstances?

For example, if you want to run a half marathon but are new to running, consider starting with a 5K race as a stepping stone.

Step 5: Aligning Goals with Your Vision

Think back to step 1. You’ve already established that this goal matters to you, but is it in harmony with your larger life vision? If it’s in alignment, it will help to fuel your motivation and give your goals deeper purpose.

Step 6: Setting Boundaries with Time-Bound Goals

Time is your ally — use it to create a sense of urgency and prevent procrastination. Assign a realistic timeframe to your goal — weeks, months, or even years, depending on the complexity of your goal.

SMART Goals in Action: Inspiring Examples

Creating SMART goals can be hard if you aren’t used to it. Let’s work through some examples together transforming regular goals into SMART goals.

Goal: I want to be a better public speaker.

SMART Goal: Within the next six months, I will enhance my presentation skills by attending a public speaking workshop and delivering two confident presentations at work.

  • Specific? Yes — Now we have clarified that we are working on our presentation skills and how we will do so.
  • Measurable? Yes, we have a list of the steps for completion.
  • Achievable? Yes, this goal seems achievable given the steps needed for completion and time allowed.
  • Relevant? This is personal, but I assume it would be!
  • Time Bound? Yes, deadline of 6 months.
Goal: I want to write a book.

SMART Goal: I’ll aim to complete the first draft of my book by dedicating at least one hour per day, five days a week for writing, with the goal of finishing in the next nine months.

  • Specific? Yes. They want to complete a first draft of their book within 9 months.
  • Measurable? Yes, 5 hours a week over 9 months.
  • Achievable? Depends on the person’s availability and commitment to dedicate 5+ hours per week, but this is a manageable commitment.
  • Relevant? Again, personal to you, but let’s go with yes.
  • Time Bound? Yup! First draft deadline of 9 months.
Goal: I want to have better work life balance.

SMART Goal: To enhance work-life balance, I’ll implement a daily 30-minute mindfulness practice over the next two months to reduce stress and improve focus at the office.

  • Specific? Yes — they have outlined their intent (not just work-life balance, but reduced stress and improved focus).
  • Measurable? Yes, they can track whether or not they completed the 30 minute mindfulness practice each day.
  • Achievable? Yup! 30 minutes isn’t too long and 2 months is a good starting point.
  • Relevant? Yes!
  • Time Bound? Yes, two months.

Also if you’re interesting in more about mindful breaks at work, check out this post here!


As we wrap up our heart to heart on SMART goals, remember this: you possess the boundless potential to achieve anything you set your mind to. SMART goals are a tool for you to use in your journey to make your distant dream into a tangible reality.

You’ve discovered the art of specificity, learned to measure progress like a pro, and become the master of achievable dreams. In aligning your goals with your innermost passions and committing to time-bound deadlines, you’ve laid the foundation for your future success.

Remember, success isn’t a destination; it’s a thrilling, ever-evolving journey. Your aspirations are valid, your potential is limitless, and with SMART goals, there’s nothing you can’t achieve.

Looking for more inspiration or have further questions about how to set yourself up for success to achieve your goals? I’ve got you. Check out this post here.

So, what goals are you setting? I can’t wait to hear all about them in the comments!


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