Why Setting Goals? SMART

Brian Tracy, the inspirational writer who started as a dishwasher and became a multimillionaire said that after twenty years of coaching and observing people, he feels success is all about goals.

You have probably heard about SMART goals:

S specific: A goal must be written down in the positive form such as “I will weigh 230 pounds by May December 20, 2012 in a specific manner. The subconscious mind needs a specific, positive goal in order to process all the ideas and motivation to achieve the goal. Keep the goals where you can review them daily, especially just before bed at night.

M measurable: A goal must have some way to measure the outcome. For example, I can’t just say I want to lose a lot of weight, because there is no way to know when I have achieved that goal.

A Attainable: the goals must be high enough to cause you to really want the outcome and spend energy working for it. A series of small goals can be used to achieve a larger goal such as “I will go from 250 pounds to 245 pounds by October 31, 2012.” Losing five pounds is reasonable and attainable.

R Realistic: If my goal is to write a book in addition to my full time job and play golf every day, that is not a realistic goal. High goals are actually sometimes more realistic than low goals because they can be more exciting and life changing.

T Timely: there must be a definite date when the goal is to be accomplished. This is extremely difficult to do.  I often don’t reach my goals on time. That is OK, if I get discouraged I just read or listen to motivational/inspirational material and the excitement of reaching for a goal comes back to me to replace the discouragement.

Brian Tracy said: “Writing the goal down makes you believe that you can achieve your goals. The more often you write them, the more you will believe you can achieve. If your reasons are big enough, belief solid enough and desire intense enough nothing can stop you.”


Credits to Brian Tracy and David Alexanders from QueensPlace.com