Examples Of Smart Goals - A Worksheet For Smart Goal Setting


The following examples of smart goals and objectives demonstrate how to take a weak statement of desire and turn it into a focused and motivating smart goal. An important part of effective goal setting is setting goals the right way. Smart goal setting helps us write goals in a way that truly inspires and motivates us to achieve them.



Smart Goal Setting



Before delving into the examples of smart goals below, you may want to first read setting smart goals for an outline of the s.m.a.r.t. goal setting, which means setting goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. If you are already familiar with the criteria for setting smart goals then just move on to the examples of smart goals outlined below.



Bad Examples of Smart Goals




Let's look at a few goal statements that AREN'T good examples of smart goals...

  • "I want to look great."

  • "I want to lose weight."

  • "I want to lose 20 pounds."

  • "I don't want to be overweight anymore.

  • "I am tired about always worrying about my financial future."

  • "I want to become self-employed."

  • "I want to work on my personal development,starting tomorrow."

  • "I want to stop smoking now."

  • "I want to quit my job as soon as possible."

  • "I don't want to be in this kind of relationship!"

  • "I don't want to feel stagnant anymore!"

If you have already familiarized yourself with the goal setting section of out-of-the-mind self improvement and motivation, you should be able to easily identify why the goal statements above aren't smart goals. See if you can identify why each goal statement isn't a smart goal. This will help exercise your goal setting 'muscles' in preparation for writing your own.

Following below is a demonstration of how to turn general goals and desires into powerful examples of smart goals.



Goal Setting Worksheet...



This section outlines how to turn a vague statement of desire into a full-blown example of a smart goal. As you follow this progression notice the difference in how the before and after feels to you. Feeling is the language of the subconscious mind which helps us tap our motivation.

General Goal or Statement of Desire...

"I want to look great!"

Reshaping the general goal or desire into an example of a smart goal...

"I want to look great"...

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"I want to look great by losing weight." (Getting a little more specific)...

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"I want to look great by losing 20 pounds." (Getting even more specific)...

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"I want to look great by weighing 130 pounds." (Restating the goal to focus on what we want instead of what we don't want)...

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"I want to look great by weighing 130 pounds by April 1st." (Focusing on what we want and by when)...

Completed example of smart goal...

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"It's the morning of April 1st, I step on the scale and it's showing 130 pounds. I look in the mirror and love what I see. I am looking great!"

Or...

"It's the morning of April 1st, I am standing in front of the mirror comfortably fitting into my high school jeans and feeling on top of the world!

These smart goal statements include all of the elements of a good smart goal. They are specific, measurable, attainable and realistic (as per our best assessment) and time-bound. They are also stated in the present tense (ie. as if they are already happening) using language that mobilizes the positive power of the subconscious mind.

Read the initial general statement, and the completed smart goal, and see how different they feel. This is the difference between effective goal setting and simply writing down what we think we want.

The examples of smart goals in this out-of-the-mind self improvement and motivation article will help you avoid the common goal setting mistakes outlined in writing smart goals. These examples of smart goals also provide a good demonstration of how to use language to engage the subconscious mind in positive ways - something that is essential to effective goal settings.


A Few More Worksheet Examples Of Smart Goals...




General Goal or Statement of Desire...

"I am tired of always worrying about my financial future."

Reshaping the general goal or desire into an example of a smart goal...

"I am tired about always worrying about my financial future."

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"I don't want to have to worry about my financial future anymore." (Moving from a complaint to a statement of what we definitely don't want)...

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"I want to be financially independent." (Shifting from a statement of what we don't want to a statement of what we want)...

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"I want to be debt free and generating enough passive income to free up my time." (This is getting more specific by defining what 'financially independent' actually looks like to us in real terms)...

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"Within the next five years I want to be debt free and generating enough passive income to free up my time." (Getting more specific by setting a definite time-frame)...

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"I want to be netting $4,000 in passive monthly income by 2017 and to have a $0 balance owing on my credit card." (Making the goal very specific and measurable)...

Completed example of smart goal...

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"It is New Years Eve 2017. My life partner and I are sitting at the table looking at a $0 balance owing on our last credit card statement and at more than $4,000 generated in passive income over the previous month. We raise a toast and smile at each other knowingly. We have finally made it."




General Goal or Statement of Desire...

"I want to quite my job as soon as possible."

Reshaping the general goal or desire into an example of a smart goal...

"I want to quit my job as soon as possible"...

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"I want to quit my job within no more than 12 months." (Adding a time-frame making the goal more specific)...

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"I want to quit my job by New Years Eve." (Making it more specific by naming a date)...

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"By New Years Eve I will have an independent internet business firmly in place. I will be self employed and already earning income, making the transition out of my job feel relatively seamless. (Now the goal is focused on what we want instead of what we don't)...

Completed example of smart goal...

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"It is New Years Eve of 2013. The first paycheck from my internet-based business has recently come in, and with it, the inner peace and mixed exhilaration that comes from knowing that I am now the master of my own financial destiny. It feels right. I feel good."




General Goal or Statement of Desire...

"I don't want to be in this kind of relationship!"

Reshaping the general goal or desire into an example of a smart goal...

"I don't want to be in this kind of relationship!"

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"I want to leave this relationship." (Targeting what we want instead of what we don't want)...

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"I want to be out of this relationship by the time my birthday rolls around." (More specific by introducing a time-frame)...

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"I want to be in a good, safe and loving relationship for my birthday that is coming up." (The goal is now focused on what we want instead of what we don't)...

Completed example of smart goal...

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"It is my birthday and I am celebrating it with all my friends and those I love. My new boyfriend/girlfriend is standing right beside me. I feel so happy that I allowed this to happen!"




General Goal or Statement of Desire...

"I don't want to feel stagnant anymore!"

Reshaping the general goal or desire into an example of a smart goal...

"I don't want to feel stagnant anymore!"

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"I want to feel like I am growing and alive again!" (Focusing on what I want as opposed to what I don't want)...

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"I want to finish every single day knowing that I have learned something and have grown from it." (Getting more specific by zeroing-in on a time-frame)...

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"I will take the time to set myself some meaningful goals and objectives. This will give focus to my time and my life." (Getting more specific by focusing on how I will make sure I grow and learn daily)...

Completed example of smart goal...

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"It's early Monday morning. I am holding a warm cup of freshly brewed coffee in one hand and am reviewing my goals and personal growth objectives held in the other." It feels great to be on track and 'on purpose' again. Can't wait for the weeks ahead!



Summary



The examples of smart goals given above are only a small sample of what is possible to achieve by setting smart goals. Create a goal setting worksheet of your own, focused around the things that you would like to change or commit to achieving. You can draw inspiration from the examples of smart goals above or create new ones that speak only to you. Once you've outlined your goals, write them down in a goal setting journal and keep track of your progress.

Effective goal setting is a great tool for ongoing personal growth and continuous self improvement and motivation. It's a powerful method for pouring the creative power of the mind into the very substance of our lives.




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