Setting goals is one of the most valuable pillars to a meaningful life. However, you also need to make sure you set them right! One way to do this is to set SMART goals. Yes, this is an acronym indeed.
Here, SMART stands for:
- S – Specific. Your goal should be clearly defined.
- M – Measurable. You should be able to track progress towards your goal.
- A – Attainable. Your goal shouldn't be impossible to achieve!
- R – Relevant. It should be relevant to your values and life's purpose.
- T – Time-bound. It should have a precise end date.
Here is an example of a not so SMART goal — "to travel the world."
The same goal can be framed in a SMART way— "To have completed my trip to 5 countries around the world by December 31, 2027." Of course, we must also create processes to make sure we get to our goals, but setting them is the starting point!