Our easy-to-use goals worksheet uses the SMART method for setting goals. SMART means the goal must be:
Unless a goal meets each of those criteria we don’t consider it to be a valid goal.
The accompanying video is a special teaching on SMART goals and will guide you step-by-step on completing your goal setting worksheet. Simply enter your email address in the box above to get immediate access to the worksheet and video.
Take a look at some common “goals” people aspire to. Then contrast them with the SMART goal alternative. Why are the SMART goals better? What’s “wrong” with the common “goals” most people set for themselves?
Common “goal”: To lose 10 pounds in two weeks.
SMART goal: I walk one mile every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and I weigh 175 on November 30.
Common “goal”: To make more money.
SMART goal: I have increased my income every month this year and am earning $250,000 per year on December 31, 2012
Common “goal”: To get published in a magazine.
SMART goal: I send a targeted query letter pitching article ideas to Redbook magazine every week.
Common “goal”: To buy a new home.
SMART goal: It is October 1, 2012 and I have saved $20,000 toward the purchase of a new home, made a list of what I desire in a new home, and I have contacted three realtors to let them know what kind of a house I am looking for.
Common “goal”: To have a happier marriage.
SMART goal: I have a date with my spouse (no children allowed) every Wednesday and Saturday night.