How to Make SMART Goals - Vibrant Christian Living

How to Make SMART Goals

Perhaps you’ve heard of the power of  SMART goals: Planning goals that are specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and timely?

I can testify to the power of this incredible goal setting method. Let me explain this method in detail and offer some additional resources to make it even easier for you to create SMART goals!

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What Is SMART Goal Setting?

S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym that describes goals that are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Actionable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

The SMART goals were originally penned by George Doran in 1981 and have been widely used in various management and goal setting curricula.

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Some people have different words for each part of the acronym for SMART goals, but for our purposes here we’ll use SMART goal setting to mean goals that are specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and timely.

What does each part of that SMART goal setting acronym look like? Consider the questions following each part of the SMART acronym listed below:

Specific: What is your specific goal? Be detailed.

Measurable: How will you measure success with this goal?

Actionable: What action steps do you need to take to make this goal happen?

Realistic: How can you make this goal a challenge and still keep it realistic?

Timely: What deadlines will you put on this goal to keep it timely?

More on SMART Goal Setting

Looking for some additional information about SMART goal planning? If you’d like to see some examples of SMART goals, I highly encourage you to check out this post.

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About Alicia Michelle

Alicia Michelle is a certified NeuroCoach™, Bible teacher, speaker and host of the Vibrant Christian Living Podcast and You Tube Show. More importantly, she’s a lover of Jesus, a wife of 20 years to her best friend, and mom of four amazing kids ages 18 to 9. Alicia struggled with overthinking, negative thoughts and “being enough” for most of her adult life until God radically transformed her heart after a life-threatening medical crisis. Now through her signature courses and coaching programs she loves equipping women with practical, scientific and biblically-based mindset tools to help them overcome negative thought patterns and discover more confident, joyful lives in Christ. Listen to her on the podcast or on You Tube; download great resources at VibrantChristianLiving.com; and connect on Facebook and Instagram.

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