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Chapter 31. Setting Goals to Achieve You... > Six Criteria for Defining Goals

Six Criteria for Defining Goals

It is smart to know your values and set goals to have each of those values satisfied. When you define your goals, you can assure success by making your goals fit six criteria, which can be remembered with the acronym SMARTS:

Simple and Specific. Goals must be clearly understood and easy to remember. A vague goal is unlikely to be accomplished. A complex goal must be broken down into simpler goals to ensure success.

Measurable. The only way to know if a goal has been achieved is to be able to measure the outcome. Ideally you can use numbers to evaluate your progress and achievement.

Attainable. An impossible goal guarantees failure. To assure success, make your goals realistic and achievable.

Results. State goals by the expected outcome. This helps prevent your defining tasks or steps without clearly identifying what you intend to achieve.

TimeLimit. Without a deadline or time limit, it is too easy to procrastinate. A time limit helps you stay focused on your goal. A long-term goal may need to be broken down into several shorter-term goals.

Shared. Few achievements are solo performances. You increase your chances for success when you share your goals with others who can support your efforts. Another reason for telling others what you intend to accomplish is that you increase your commitment when you make your goals known to others.



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