To achieve goals, it helps if they are realistic. One way is to create SMART goals. This means our goals are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Results oriented
  • Trackable

When we think about our goals, it's easy to be vague. In some ways, being vague lets us off the hook. It can keep us from really committing to our goals—and achieving them.

For example, you might say, "I need to buy a new winter coat for next year." That’s a good goal, but it’s too vague. You haven’t included a plan for how you will achieve your goal of buying a new coat.

Here's how to turn it into a SMART goal.

First, make a good estimate of how much the coat will cost. Let's say $100. If you need the new coat in seven months, you'll need to save about $14.30 each month to pay for it (divide $100 by seven months). Now, turn this information into a sentence, such as "I will save $14 each month for the next seven months to buy a new winter coat for $100."

That's a SMART goal. Use this idea with all of your goals. It will help you see the steps you need to take to reach your goals.

Creating SMART Goals, Reaching My Goals and My Goals Action Plan provide more help for you to reach your goals.

Turning Your Dreams Into Goals: Reaching My Goals

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