We all know how to create a goal, we can do that in our sleep.

But how often do you make a goal and never accomplish it?

Think about those New Years Resolution goals:

I am going to go to the gym

I am going to lose weight

I am going to start a meditation practice

While these are all great goals, as they stand they are just wishes.

Let’s break down the components of a SMART goal:

How to create goals that you can achieve. Use the SMART goal system to track your goals and keep track of your success.

Specific: the more specific you are with a goal, the clearer it is in your mind. Our mind thrives on clarity, and a bonus if you can turn that into an image.

Measurable: We need to be able to assess if we have reached a goal. So adding a way to measure it is critical for success

Achievable: When creating a goal, it should be something that pushes us out of our comfort zone, but is still something that we can actually do.

Realistic: This goes hand in hand with achievable. Given the current situation and the abilities of the person creating the goal, can this goal realistically be met?

Timely: Goals should all have an end date. This does not mean the activity should stop per se, but rather the steps building up to meet that goal are completed.

Let’s practice creating some goals:

Wish: I will run a 5k.

SMART GOAL: I will run a 5k in 12 weeks.

This goal is SMART in that it is specific (running a 5k), measurable (running a 5k) achievable, realistic, and timely (12 weeks). Given there are no health conditions preventing a person from engaging in running activities, this would be a SMART goal.

Wish: I will eat more fruits and vegetables.

SMART GOAL: I will eat 1 serving of fruits and vegetables with each meal 5 out of 7 days of the week for the next 30 days.

This goal is SMART as it is specific (1 serving per meal), measurable (again, 1 serving per meal), achievable and realistic ( 5 out of 7 days allows for flexibility, and timely (30 day end time).


On to you now, try creating your goals the SMART way and watch your goal achievement start to improve.