Smart goals are the ones which will not only give a sense of satisfaction when achieved but also enhance your being in some way. Here, you will find out what they are and how to use them.
As Henry David Thoreau has said, "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." Hence a SMART goal is a goal which also transforms you from the inside.
Here, SMART is an acronym, with each letter having a specific or multiple meanings.
S - specific, significant, stretching
M - measurable, meaningful, motivational
A - achievable, acceptable, action-oriented
R - realistic, reasonable, rewarding
T - time-based, tangible, trackable
Goals should be significant. Puny or small goals will not motivate you. They should be such that they will bring about significant change in your life. Don;t use the incredible power of the subconscious for an insignificant goal like winning the local Bingo on Saturday evening.
Your goals must stretch you. Simple goals that can be achieved very easily may not enhance your personality. If your goal is to lose only 250 g every month, which is achieved easily, that won’t affect your life much.
When you say “I will be slim and fit in the next three years,” the goal is not exactly measurable though it may be meaningful.
Also the fact that you have lost 1 kg or more weight in one month is itself very motivating and keeps you going till you reach your final goal.
Such a goal is unreasonable and unrewarding. Unreasonable because it is almost impossible and unrewarding because it leads to frustration.
A rewarding goal gives a sense of fulfillment after it is achieved. For example, if you lose only a quarter kilo weight in a month, you may not feel it rewarding enough to try and lose more weight.
Also, they are tangible, not abstract. A goal like “I will become slim and fit” is intangible because 'slim and fit' may mean different things to different people.
And then the goal should be trackable. A goal like “losing one kilo of weight per month” can be easily kept track of, while “I will become slim and fit” is not trackable.
So see that you don’t just make goals, but make SMART goals because they are the ones that fructify.