SMART Goals Action Worksheet

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Setting a goal is a step in the right direction,Guest Posting setting SMART goals and putting action plan in place to attain them is a bold leap towards success. So, what is a SMART goal you may be asking? SMART is simply an acronym for:

Specific Measurable Action-Oriented Realistic Timely

 

Let�s break it down a bit further. Here are some working definitions to better help you understand and apply to your goal setting.

Specific

• Well defined

• Clear to anyone that has a basic knowledge of the project

Measurable

• Know if the goal is obtainable and how far away completion is

• Know when it has been achieved

Action-Oriented

• Requires you take some action to reach the desired end

Realistic

• Within the availability of resources, knowledge and time

Time Based

• Enough time to achieve the goal

 

Let�s look at some examples to see SMART in action!

Specific � The more detailed your goal is, the higher the likelihood of your success. Remember grammar school when we were taught the 5 w�s? Well here they are again!

Who: Who is involved?

What: What do you want to accomplish?

Where: Identify a location.

 

�Where passion and purpose collide�

When: Establish a time frame.

Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

 

EXAMPLE: A too general goal would be, "Get in shape." But a specific goal would say, "Purchase an exercise tape and workout 4 days a week from home for 30-45 minutes per day."

Measurable � This is your before and after. Measure where you are now and establish concrete metrics that let you know you have been successful. You must always set toll gates in place so that you may continue to measure progress towards the attainment of your goal. When you measure your progress, you

stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal. Try to quantify your goal(s) to make it easier to measure.

Ask questions like as......How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?

 

Action-Oriented - When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and capacity to reach them. You begin seeing opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.

You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your

goals, you build your self-image. You develop the traits and personality that allows you to possess them.

 

Realistic - To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective towards which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal(s) should be.

Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.

 

Timely - A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there's no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 15 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? Anchor it within a timeframe, "by June 21st", and then you've set your mind into motion to begin working on the goal.

 

SMART Goal Setting Worksheet

Remember, earlier I stated that making a list or writing down your goals is important? Well, now is your time to write down your goals using the SMART criteria.

 

Here is what I want you to do:

1. Write down 4 goals using the SMART criteria. Ensure that they are specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and timely. Feel free to use additional sheets for more goals. But don�t overwhelm yourself, burnout it�s a sure fire way to ensure nothing gets done.

2. With each goal, create your daily play-by-play, action plan or whatever you want to call it. What are you going to do each day to help you reach your goal? This is important and it will assist you in measuring your progress.

3. If you get off track, don�t give up. Re-evaluate your why, a strong enough why will endure any how.

4. Get an accountability partner! Find someone who will keep you on track. This person will be a motivator and also let you know when you are off course.

5. Put this worksheet in a visible place where you can see it. Don�t bury your goals. Make sure you can see it everyday.

6. Angela White of Lady in Balance, LLC recommends making a dream poster. Use magazines to clip out pictures of your ideal life (what your life will look like once your goals are achieved). Visualizing the achievement of your goals gives you motivation to stay the course.

Goal 1: _____________________________________________________________________________

Why is the achievement important to you? Write a brief description of your life once this goal is achieved. Be descriptive enough so that you can visualize it with your mind.

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Write a description of your goal using the SMART concept as your guide and checklist. Double check over your description to ensure that you have met the SMART criteria.

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Create your action plan! What are you going to do each day to make progress towards your goal? Include measurements (money, pounds, etc�) to measure your progress. Customize this to work for you.

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Goal 2: _____________________________________________________________________________

Why is the achievement important to you? Write a brief description of your life once this goal is achieved. Be descriptive enough so that you can visualize it with your mind.

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Write a description of your goal using the SMART concept as your guide and checklist. Double check over your description to ensure that you have met the SMART criteria.

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Create your action plan! What are you going to do each day to make progress towards your goal? Include measurements (money, pounds, etc�) to measure your progress. Customize this to work for you.

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Goal 3: _____________________________________________________________________________

Why is the achievement important to you? Write a brief description of your life once this goal is achieved. Be descriptive enough so that you can visualize it with your mind.

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Write a description of your goal using the SMART concept as your guide and checklist. Double check over your description to ensure that you have met the SMART criteria.

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Create your action plan! What are you going to do each day to make progress towards your goal? Include measurements (money, pounds, etc�) to measure your progress. Customize this to work for you.

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Goal 4: _____________________________________________________________________________

Why is the achievement important to you? Write a brief description of your life once this goal is achieved. Be descriptive enough so that you can visualize it with your mind.

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Write a description of your goal using the SMART concept as your guide and checklist. Double check over your description to ensure that you have met the SMART criteria.

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Create your action plan! What are you going to do each day to make progress towards your goal? Include measurements (money, pounds, etc�) to measure your progress. Customize this to work for you.

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Tammy offers a wealth of information on her websites and blogs geared towards anyone who has a dream that she wants to see achieved. Visit www.walksinthesand.wordpress.com or www.passionandpurposeinc.com for more great inspirational and motivational content. Sign up for the mailing list for a free gift just for you!
Tammy Freeman is living out her passion and walking in her purpose by helping others do the same. Tammy realized that she could not longer measure her success by the worlds� standards and begin to pursue a life that allowed her to liberate her thoughts and actions from the shackles fear and doubt. Tammy is inspired to share her talents of vision, inspiration and thought-leadership with all those she comes into contact with.

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