- S – Specific
- M – Measurable
- A – Agreed upon or accountability
- R – Realistic
- T – Time bound
With physical training instead of “I want to improve my pushups”, it may sound more like, “My goal is to be able to do 20 pushups on my toes by February 15, 2014.” This goal is not general like “getting stronger”, but rather it is specific. It is measurable, the number is 20 pushups. For it to be agreed upon you may want to get a coach or friend to help you. It is realistic, this can easily be reached, even if you cannot do any pushups right now. The goal is time bound – Feb. 15, 2014 is when you will test yourself and be able to say objectively “Yes I reached my goal or No I did not pass the test.”
We can apply the same test with other goals we may have dealing with work, community service, relationships. Make a list of your goals for 2014. Are they in agreement with your values? Will they fill your most critical needs? Are they S.M.A.R.T.? By answering these questions you will be far more likely to complete your goals or decide that they are not good choices for you at this time.