SMART GOALS - Meaning And Details

SMART GOALS - Meaning And Details

At the beginning of each year, many people put up goals to achieve them during the year, some of which may be achieved, and some remain on paper!

And some find out that he has achieved a few from each goal!
In the end, all these possibilities afflict by frustration or depression, and in some cases, people may decide not to write a new year's goals.
let me tell you something If you were someone who went through the same experience, or if you asked yourself one day: Why can't I achieve any goal?

The problem is not in your goals, the problem is the way that's you put your goals in!

Every year, very few people set goals, and the rest don't even think about what they are going to do or what they want to achieve.
If you just set goals, meaning that's you want to succeed and you don't want to waste time
In this article, we will talk about goals and what is the best way to define them

you'll get after finishing this article:
  • What is the 2 meaning of SMART goals!
  • How can we know if our goal is smart or not?
  • How can you put SMART goals and when can be used?
First of all, we need to know What is the SMART goals?
There is a difference between the goal and the SMART one.
Not all the goals can be called SMART, there are goals we put randomly without considering anything
for example: learn Chinese.
And there are the SMART goals that are we use to make our goals easy to achieve and succeed but before we go deep into we need to answer our question.

What are the SMART goals?
SMART is an acronym that you can use to guide your goal setting.
Its criteria are commonly attributed to Peter Drucker's Management by Objectives concept. The first known use of the term occurs in the November 1981 issue of Management Review by George T. Doran. Since then, Professor Robert S. Rubin (Saint Louis University) wrote about SMART in an article for The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He stated that SMART has come to mean different things to different people.
So SMART goals is a term we called it the goals that are we put after we considering 5 things, if one of these 5 things missing, the goal will be not smart.
SMART goals are clear with meaning " smart " but also the word " SMART " has another meaning 
which is:
S: Specific (Simple, Sensible, Significant).
M: Measurable (Meaningful, Motivating).
A: Achievable (Agreed, Attainable).
R: Relevant (Reasonable, Realistic and Resourced, Results-Based).
T: Time-Bound (Time-Based, Time limited, Time/cost limited, Timely, Time-Sensitive).

How can you put SMART goals and when can be used?
As we mentioned before to make the goals SMART we need to consider the things above " more details in below ", and it's important to mention that's the goals need to be rationality, which means you have to Put possible goals and you able to achieve.

1. Specific:
Your goal should be clear and specific, otherwise, you won't be able to focus your efforts or feel truly motivated to achieve it. When drafting your goal, try to answer the five "W" questions:
  • What do I want to accomplish?
  • Why is this goal important?
  • Who is involved?
  • Where is it located?
  • Which resources or limits are involved?

2. Measurable:
It's important to have measurable goals so that you can track your progress and stay motivated. Assessing progress helps you to stay focused, meet your deadlines, and feel the excitement of getting closer to achieving your goal.
A measurable goal should address questions such as:
  • How much?
  • How many?
  • How will I know when it is accomplished?

3. Achievable

Your goal also needs to be realistic and attainable to be successful. In other words, it should stretch your abilities but remain possible. When you set an achievable goal, you may be able to identify previously overlooked opportunities or resources that can bring you closer to it.
An achievable goal will usually answer questions such as:
  • How can I accomplish this goal?
  • How realistic is the goal, based on other constraints, such as financial factors?

4. Relevant

This step is about ensuring that your goal matters to you and that it also aligns with other relevant goals. We all need support and assistance in achieving our goals, but it's important to retain control over them. So, make sure that your plans drive everyone forward, but that you're still responsible for achieving your own goal.
A relevant goal can answer "yes" to these questions:
  • Does this seem worthwhile?
  • Is this the right time?
  • Does this match our other efforts/needs?
  • Am I the right person to reach this goal?
  • Is it applicable in the current socio-economic environment?

5. Time-bound

Every goal needs a target date so that you have a deadline to focus on and something to work toward. This part of the SMART goal criteria helps to prevent everyday tasks from taking priority over your longer-term goals.
A time-bound goal will usually answer these questions:
  • When?
  • What can I do six months from now?
  • What can I do six weeks from now?
  • What can I do today?
Example about SMART goals:
" get 1000 visitors by the end of March " this goal is:
  • Specific: very clear understandable
  • Measurable: using analytics from google I can see if my visitors are increasing
  • Achievable: This is not a hard goal, I didn't say that's I want to get 10000 visitors, so yes can be Achievable when I publish many articles on social media or some other blogs.
  • Relevant: of-course I am a blogger so my goal is relevant to something I do already.
  • Time-bound: by the end of March.

According to studies, influential people and teachers say that by following this method, you have set a smart goal
SMART Goals can be used in everything we want to be done, We use them to see if we are on the right track, to track the things we're achieving and how far we're achieving them.
In general, humans always set goals, and goals may vary and be big or small.
But no matter how diverse the goals are, people still have the primary motivation, which is a success.
We all want to have the most accomplishments possible, and it all happens when we have goals to strive for.
Not all of the goals we set need to be achievable, even if they are smart, what matters is following up after setting goals and striving for them.

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