What makes a goal SMART?

What makes a goal SMART?

Just wanted to share some goal setting thoughts as many of us prepare for the #90DaySummerSizzle Challenge. 🔥🔥🔥  I increase my own chances of successfully crushing a goal when I take the time to make a detailed, realistic plan.

But how does a plan help us crush our goals?  Starting with a good plan of any type certainly ups your odds of success, but what should go into the plan?  How do we plan throughly so we can be in it to win it?  

Planning can seem daunting or pointless to some, but having any type of plan is better than not having a plan at all.  

What’s the common phrase?  Failing to plan is planning to fail?  Not sure is always that dramatic, but certainly, a solid plan to achieve your goals increases the chance of success.

I love the S.M.A.R.T acronym as a way to ensure my plan is clear & concise.

Generally, it means:

S – Specific/Simple

M – Measurable

A – Achievable/Attainable

R – Reasonable or Relevant

T – Time-based/bound/limited

Here’s a worksheet I found on the web that you can print out and use to see if your goals are S.M.A.R.T. (and that sheet came from this article.)

I like this acronym because it forces me to get real with the HOW I will achieve the goal.  Sooo….even if I choose to be rebellious and not follow my own plan, I will not be able to use the ‘well, I didn’t have a good plan’ as an excuse.  

I think you get the idea.  Just wanted to share this personal planning strategy as many of us are planning out goals we want to crush over the summer.

Here are a few links on the topic:

Goal Setting

Smart Goals

I really like this 4 minute YouTube simple video outlining the SMART acronym.  

This old Weight Watchers article link will take a moment to load.

What are some of your personal planning strategies?  Please feel free to share in the comments.


  1. I’ve been teaching goal setting for years and about 12 years ago I came up with s c h m a r t. I found that the reason those people never meet their goals is they don’t allow for the challenges and how they’re going to overcome them. I added the C (challenges) in the H (how to overcome those challenges). Thismethod prepates people not only for the smart goal but to prevent failure from achieving the goals. It included aa contingenc plan that is so important and really makes a huge difference. Excuses are eliminated by having them listed. For example, if someone says half an hour for exercise they can break it into smaller times throughout the day, read 10 pages rather than a chapter, etc. Rather than feel like they failed and just give up! Love the summer sizzle!

  2. Sunday night – and I am literally sitting down now with the printouts to make my goal and actionnolans. Such a timely post by you – thank you!!

Comments? Ideas? Thoughts on this post?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.