What Are SMART Goals and Why You Need Them In Your Life

Everyone wants to be successful but it can be tricky knowing where to start. SMART goals allow you to clearly outline a plan of action specifically geared toward your lifestyle.

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We sometimes throw our aspirations into the air with little intent behind them. We manifest with declarations but do little to contribute toward our desires. Yet, it wasn't always like that. Let's rewind a bit, remember when you were younger and a teacher forced you to write down goals?

I want to be President of The United States, own a business, and make a million dollars. I want a car and to move out by 18.

Great goals, impressive dreams, and an imagination, always makes our future seem bright.

But what adults left out when they said that anything was achievable is that you have to make it happen.

Unless you were born to privilege if you want to be wealthy, you have to create it. As much as we want to wish the things we want into existence the things we want in life will not be handed to us.

So how do you set in motion events that will lead up to your wildest dreams?

You make a plan, and figure out how it can fit your lifestyle. Keep reading to find out what SMART goals are and how you can implement them into your daily routine.

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What does SMART stand for?

(S)pecific -

“I want to get fit” is NOT a specific goal. There are so many parts of the body that you can work on.

Your goal needs to be something that you can identify clearly. Giving it a who, what, where, when, and why can help you narrow down a broad subject.

Example goal: “I want to go to bed at 11pm tonight.”

(M)easurable -

A simple way of thinking of it is by answering “yes or no” when asked if you reached it. If you can say that you "kind of" reached your goal then you were close but you did not make it.