SMART Goal Setting – How To Set and Achieve SMART Goals

Ask 10 self help gurus about goal setting and you might just get 10 different strategies on how to set meaningful, smart goals that will actually help you change your life and achieve something worth mentioning. Then again, many, or maybe even most, of the gurus might use the general goal setting strategy called SMART goal setting as the basis for their specific strategy.

What is SMART Goal Setting?

What is SMART goal setting? SMART is an mnemonic acronym that generally stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound. I say generally because over the years different “gurus” have used the letters to refer to different things.

For instance, while Specific and Measurable are typically used by just about everybody, some have used attainable, actionable, action-oriented, etc, in place of Achievable. Relevant has been replaced with result-based, results-oriented, or realistic, to name a few. Finally, while time is time, Time-Bound has been tweaked to include the likes of time-oriented, time-framed, or time-sensitive. You know how gurus are…they all like to add their special “spin” whenever possible, and smart goal setting is no exception.

Some even teach you how to set SMARTER goals…adding an E for Evaluate and a R for Reevaluate. Then too, evaluate has a number of alternatives including evaluated, excitable, enjoyable or engaging. And, reevaluate has been changed up to mean reviewed, rewarded, reassess or relevant.

Funny how S stands for specific most of the time and yet there isn’t a whole lot “specific” about what SMART goal setting stands for. 🙂

With that said, instead of me trying to write a short dissertation about setting SMART goals, or goals in general, I’ve found a number of good videos that I believe will cover the subject well enough to get you started, so check those out below. If you’d prefer to read a more detailed, yet simple, explanation on SMART goal setting I recommend wikipedia and wikihow.

SMART Goal Setting Quotes

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
~ Ernest Hemingway

“Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.”
~ Louisa May Alcott

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
~ Albert Einstein

“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.”
~ E. Joseph Cossman

Here’s a short video on SMART goal setting (4:43)



Watch these clips and learn:

-How to earn 3 to 5 times more income in the next 12 months

-How to attract the right people, money, resources and everything else you will need to achieve every goal you have

-Three fundamental mistakes most people make when setting their goals and how to avoid them

-Why the biggest goals you have are still way too small

These clips are a bit longer, but worth your time, in my humble opinion! He talks not only about how to set goals, but how to achieve them. For instance, if your goals aren’t aligned with your beliefs, it ain’t happening baby!

How to Set and Achieve any Goal you Have in Your Life – with John Assaraf Part 1 (29:20)



How to Set and Achieve any Goal you Have in Your Life – with John Assaraf Part 2 (31:06)




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