Module Eight: SMART Goals

The importance of goal setting has already been addressed. In order to achieve these goals, however, it is essential to create SMART goals. SMART goals guide people as they works towards an end. They eliminate confusion and increase satisfaction. While they are a staple in business settings, SMART goals are able to motivate personal and professional goals.




The Three P’s

There are three P’s to achieving goals. Approaching goals the wrong way will only end in failure. The three P’s can help prevent people from becoming discouraged and motivate them to keep moving forward. When setting goals, make sure that they are positive, personal, and present.

  • Positive: Goals should be written in a positive light. Rather than writing “stop wasting time”, write, “become more productive.”
  • Personal: Goals need to connect on a personal and emotional level.
  • Present: Similar to visualization, create goals that can be achieved immediately. For example, immediately stop surfing the Internet at work.