A lot of emphasis is placed on intelligence. Especially the mental variant known as IQ. But how much does mental IQ factor into the notion of being SMART as it relates to goal-setting? Let's break down this highly coveted ? into a easily workable acronym.
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Realistic
T = Time-bound
By specific is meant that the goal(s) must clearly state what is to be achieved, by whom, where and when.
Measurability relates to the question of quantity - how much, how often, and how many? It's the various milestones or mini-goals to be achieved on way to the ultimate goal.
This implies two things. Sincere belief and current skills, abilities and resources at your disposal.
Realistic suggests that the goal can actually be achieved with effort and persistence on the part of the person desiring it.
Finally, a goal must have a time-frame to it if it is to have any real chance of being achieved. If a goal lacks a deadline, chances are that its achievement will be marred by procrastination. However, it is important that the deadline is realistic, neither too far in time nor too close.
You can gauge the usefulness of this technique from the following two examples:
(Un-SMART) Goal: I will improve my health.
SMART Goal: I will improve my health in the next 4 months by doing yoga 2 times a week and running 2 times a week, and eating unprocessed whole meals with grains, vegetables, and healthy proteins 3 days a week.
You see, the first goal is too vague with no timelines and no sense of action. Not only this, it is not even measurable. On the contrary, the second goal is precise, actionable and measurable, and has a clear time frame. This makes the successful achievement of this goal highly probable.
So the next time you decide upon a goal that you would like to accomplish, go about it the SMART way.