Making Your Goals S.M.A.R.T by Sabrina Martelli

The month of January has been all about our GOALS for 2019.  Last week, Healing Path Counselling Services outlined how to define our dreams.  This week, I am going to go into more details surrounding a plan based in S.M.A.R.T.  The acronym S.M.A.R.T. means Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Sensitive.

Do you ever feel like you’re working hard but not getting anywhere? Maybe you see little improvement in your skills or achievements when you reflect on the last five or 10 years. Or perhaps you struggle to see how you’ll fulfil your ambitions during the next few years.

Many people spend their lives drifting from one job to another, or rushing around trying to get more done while actually accomplishing very little. Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals means you can clarify your ideas, focus your efforts, use your time and resources productively, and increase your chances of achieving what you want in life.  When engaged in Life Coaching with clients at Healing Path Counselling Services, sometimes the struggle is not in identifying one’s dreams. Often the struggle is how to make the dreams a reality.  So what do S.M.A.R.T. goals look like?


This step is very important. Goals are no place to be vague. Ambiguous goals produce ambiguous results. Incomplete goals produce incomplete futures.  They need to be simple, sensible, and significant.  When drafting your goal, try to answer the five “W” questions:

What do I want to accomplish?

Why is this goal important?

Who is involved?

Where is it located?

Which resources or limits are involved?


Always set goals that are measurable. It’s important to have measurable goals, so that you can track your progress and stay motivated. Assessing progress helps you to stay focused, meet your deadlines, and feel the excitement of getting closer to achieving your goal.  A measurable goal should address questions such as:

How much?

How many?

How will I know when it is accomplished?


One of the detrimental things that many people do – with good intentions – is setting goals that are so high that they are unattainable.  Your goal needs to be realistic and attainable to be successful. In other words, it should stretch your abilities but still remain possible.  An achievable goal will usually answer questions such as:

How can I accomplish this goal?

How realistic is the goal, based on other constraints, such as financial factors?


This step is about ensuring that your goal matters to you, and that it also aligns with other relevant goals.  A relevant goal can answer “yes” to these questions:

Does this seem worthwhile?

Is this the right time?

Does this match our other efforts/needs?

Am I the right person to reach this goal?

Is it applicable in the current socio-economic environment?


Every goal should have a timeframe attached to it. One of the powerful aspects of a great goal is that it has an end – a time in which you are shooting to accomplish it. A time-bound goal will usually answer these questions:


What can I do six months from now?

What can I do six weeks from now?

What can I do today?

Next week we will discuss the final step in continuing 2019 strong – accountability.

Please connect with me at Healing Path Counselling Services for your life-coaching needs. Also, if you are an organization who’s employees may benefit I welcome consultations.

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#success #SMART


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