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S.M.A.R.T Goals

SMART goals are a way to not only decide what to do, but how to do it in a way that can easily be tracked to determine whether or not progress is made and know when the goals are met. In this type of goal, the acronym in SMART stands for: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Righteous, and Time-Oriented. 

Specific: Goals must be something that can be described and understood easily by others, finite conditions not general feelings.

Measurable: Quantifiable! Whenever possible use numbers or percentages to mark achievement of the goal. You can’t rely on personal opinion.

Attainable: Is the goal realistic? Goals should be a stretch to obtain but not impossible to achieve. Members will work toward what they believe they can achieve and are not inspired by boring, easy goals.

Righteous: Is the goal the right thing to do? Goals should be aligned with the organization’s Core Values and move it toward the Core Purpose.

Time-Oriented: Goals must have an end date when they are due. Creating a sense of urgency will push members to work harder. How else will you know when to check performance?

Example of a S.M.A.R.T Goal: