Thursday, March 14, 2013

How to set goals for yourself

I had full intentions on linking up my Pinterest project today but because of the awesome feedback from my 30 before 30 list, I wanted to talk about goal setting. Catch me next Thursday to see what Pinterest inspired me to do.

As mentioned before, goal setting is important to me. And there are right ways to set goals and there are wrong ways. Yes, it's true. Today I'm here to help YOU set goals for yourself!

The only way that you're going to be able to attain your goal is to set SMART goals.
To help you better understand SMART goals, let's take a look at one of my 30 before 30 items. Number 18: Attend at least 5 concerts. How is this a SMART goal? Let's break it down:

Specific: I had an exact number listed out - 5. Had I said "Attend more concerts" that would've been too vauge. You need to be very specific.
Measurable: Going to a 5 concerts can be measured by collecting the concert tickets for each concert, for example. There needs to be some way for you to measure what going to a concert means.
Attainable: This goal must be something realistic. If I only made two dollars per hours at 40 hours a week, I don't think going to a concert would be very attainable. I would be more concerned about paying my bills. Also, are concerts available to you? Depending on where you're located, maybe there are no concerts around. I live in Austin, TX - the music capital of the world. There are plenty of concerts here.
Relevant: What is important to me may not be important to you. Is going to at least 5 concerts important to you? Make sure this goal is even worthy of your time.
Time-sensitive: For every goal you set, this is the most essential component! If you don't give yourself a deadline, there's no way you're going to meet all of your goals! My completion date is March 2017.

Do you see the difference in my goals versus someone saying, "I have a goal to be a better person!"? It drives me absolutely crazy when I see things like that. That's not a goal; that is more like a "wish".

I am sure many of you have already heard of these SMART goals before, but if you hadn't... now you have! Hopefully I've inspired y'all to open a Word Document and publish a goal list for the blogging community! What's the point of living just to get by? I vote to make life fun and go for your goals! Also, don't forget to reward yourself when you do reach goals! That's a whole other topic area... certain rewards are better than others too.
Happy goal-ing ;)


  1. I posted about SMART goals for my new years goals! Love it - and it really does make any goal you set attainable.

  2. I completely agree! I want to be a better person is a really hard goal to achieve because it's all about how someone perceives what a "better person" is!

  3. It's always good to make attainable goals. If you don't, you'll definitely feel like a failure.

  4. Good idea, sista! I see one of these in my near, near future!

  5. Never heard of SMART and this is so definitely helpful and motivating! Thanks girl! :)