SMART goals

Setting goals in your own life and helping your clients set theirs can be confusing or ineffective if they don’t meet a certain criteria.

This is an easy acronym to follow when evaluating how effective goals will be.

Smart stands for –


What you write down must be actionable. To be actionable it must be specific.

Examples of specific and non specific goals:

“I am going to be happier this week.”


“I am bringing more happiness into my life this week by having lunch with a friend on Wed, ordering lighter curtains, and getting outside at least 20 minutes a day.”


To hold someone accountable you’ll have to be able to check the results off a list.

In the example above the second goal is measurable.


We aren’t going to support the client in reaching too far. Just far enough.

If your client hasn’t made a dime in business yet, we aren’t going to support a goal of $10,000 by next week.

A goal that could stretch your client in this situation is saying the first $100, and so on.


The goal you set together should be something that will get the results your client desires in the shortest time possible.

That’s where your experience and outside view will come in very handy!

Time Sensitive

Always end the goal with a time stamp.

By this time or at this time keeps us accountable and moving forward.

It will also be easier for you as the coach to check the list.

Today in the group put your own goal, following the guidelines above.

Then check out what other people post. Use objectivity, but evaluate each goal as its written, judging how closely they stuck to the SMART method.

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