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Goal setting lesson plan: SMART goals

In order to set the perfect goal I am going to get SMART with you. Smart goals are THE way to set a perfect goal.

"Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive."

-Howard Thurman


The definition of a SMART goal is:

  • Specific...

  • Measurable...
  • Achievable...
  • Realistic...
  • Time-bound.

For example, a general goal would be: "Start my own business."

Great goal… However the chances of actually reaching this goal are not very high. You see, it lacks a few important ingredients…

Who does it involve for instance? What do I want to accomplish with starting a business? From where will I run this business? When do I know I have reached my goal? Why do I want to start a business in the first place?

Let’s have a look how a "SMART" goal would look like:

"I will research small business ideas until next week,

I am going to choose the best possible business to fit my personality and skills and I’ll work on gathering information on what is needed to start this business the second week,

I will talk to at least 5 people in my chosen niche the third week,

I will set up my business from the spare room and have it up and running by the end of the month.

I will create a lasting and steady income with this business and will have plenty of time to still do the things I love.”

Now, that is a goal! It meets all the requirements and includes all ingredients to actually attain this goal.

Did you notice how a big goal (starting your own business) can be broken down into smaller more attainable steps?

In the Goal Setting Worksheet you will come across specific questions to meet the smart standard.

That's all you need to know about how to set your goal. It is important you set a clear goal in this early stage of your business, state exactly how you want things to be. Start with the end in mind!

Now it is time to actually get a sheet of paper and a pen and jot down your goal in the goal setting worksheet. It will only take a few minutes.

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