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Why setting a SMART goal is not enough to help you get what you want?

Many people set goals at the beginning of a year. Despite you make your goals SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Bound), you may still not be able to achieve them. What is missing?

SMART goals are good but the goals may be remote from what you feel about them. When you set a goal, it is best that a goal is meaningful to you i.e. make a goal Relevant to you.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself when you set a goal.

  • What is the relevance of the goal to you?

  • What is the importance of achieving the goal?

  • Could you describe the positive outcome when you achieve it? The more specific the outcome, the better it is.

  • How do you feel when you achieve it?

  • How would you celebrate when you achieve your goal?

The next part is about Action. What actions will you take to achieve your goal? A goal stays as words without action. Once you start to take the first step, despite how small the step is, you are moving towards your goal.

Have a great start with meaningful goals and action steps set for 2018!

I would care to hear your goals and progress during the year. Write me a few sentences at

If you are not sure how to set your goals, why not get a coach to guide you through.

Author: Norris is a professional coach. You may contact her at


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