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Setting Goals With the SMART Acronym

We all want to change something about ourselves; Identifying it can sometimes be easy, however creating action that is sustainable on the change wagon is laden with challenges. So lets have a look at how to set goals more effectively.


Think about where you're life is headed in 2019, and whether you want or need to change your direction. Consider your values and what you personally find meaningful.  Then set purposeful goals to take you in that direction :) Setting goals can be challenging and if you need help check out my individual counselling page or you can book online.

Lets break down the acronym:




Realistic and resourced

Time Limited

SPECIFIC Be very clear in what you want to achieve. Consider breaking the goal down into smaller steps.

MEASURABLE How will you know when you have achieved your goal? What will you be doing at that time? What will others notice you doing? What will be different? What will you have started or be doing regularly? What will you have stopped or be doing less of?

ACHIEVABLE Ensure that your goals are not too difficult. Don't set yourself up to fail! Consider setting smaller goals on your way to the big one. Remember a journey to a thousand miles starts with a single step. If you do start to see small changes, acknowledge it and celebrate your successes. If you don't achieve what you set out to, then ask what you could do differently, what would make it more likely to succeed next time?

REALISTIC & RESOURCED Is your goal achievable with the resources you have? Could there be any other resources you might on your journey to achieving your goal? How can you access these resources? What problems might you have? What can you do to minimise those problems?

TIME LIMITED Set a reasonable time limit to achieve your goal. 1 week, 1 month, 6 months, 1 year, 5 years? Consider different (smaller) time limits for smaller steps.

If you need help with creating meaningfulness change in your life, check out my website or call me on 1300 241 667.

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