SMART goals help improve achievement and success.  A SMART goal clarifies exactly what is expected and the measures used to determine if the goal is achieved and successfully completed.


A SMART goal is:


Specific : Linked to what you want, specifically, in your life.  Answers the question—Who? and What?


Measurable:  The success toward meeting the goal can be measured.  Answers the question—How?


Attainable: Goals are realistic and can be achieved in a specific amount of time and are reasonable.


Relevant (results oriented):  The goals are aligned with what you want in life; include the expected result.


Time framed: Goals have a clearly defined time-frame including a target or deadline date.



Not a SMART goal: 

  • I want to lose some weight.


Does not identify a measurement or time frame, nor identify why the improvement is needed or how it will be used.


SMART goal:

  • I will lose 30 pounds by the 31st of March, wear a size 8 dress/size 32 waist pants, still enjoy the foods I eat in moderation, all while doing the things I need to do each day at work and in my personal life. I will lose the 30 pounds by averaging a weekly weight loss equal to 1 to 2% of my current weight without starving myself or exercising like a maniac.



SMART Goal Planning Form



Specific – WHO? WHAT?



Measurement/Assessment – HOW?



Attainable/Achieve – REASONABLE?






Timed – WHEN?