Setting SMART Goals – Worksheet

People often set very high goals for themselves and this is the reason they often fail to achieve them. While a person’s career path is one of the most structured graphs one can have in his life, it depends on how we plan things to make a smooth transition from one job responsibility to another.

In other words, a person needs to have a good goal to be able to achieve it. A good goal is the one that has five distinct features. They need to be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely. These features make a goal a SMART goal.

  • Specific − Your goal must be clearly definable, and explained.

  • Measurable − Your goal can be expressed in empirical terms, as in days, hours, money invested, etc.

  • Achievable − It is okay if your goal pushes you past your comfort zone but it must still be achievable.

  • Relevant − Your goals must directly or indirectly address a need in your life. A goal that doesn’t solve a problem is not worth pursuing.

  • Timely − The goal must be time-bound; there is no point in pushing a goal into the future as that decreases the drive and need to achieve it.

Is Your Goal SMART?

  • Specific − What exactly do you want to achieve?

  • Measurable − How will you know that you have achieved this goal?

  • Achievable − Can you put in the effort, resources and money into achieving this goal? If no, then how are you planning to get them?

  • Relevant − What issues in your life will be addressed when you achieve this goal?

  • Timely − When will you achieve this goal?

What are the problems in your path?

Potential Obstacles Potential Solutions

Specific Action Steps

What steps need to be taken to get you to your goal?

Planned Actions Expected Completion Completed