Great Lakes Division
Relay For Life
Setting SMART Goals
Goal Setting: The SMART Way
T ime Specific
Specific – avoid being too general – the more specific the target, the greater
the commitment to follow through.
Measurable – can be measured in terms of cost, quality, quantity, and
timeliness. People prefer concrete feedback on how well they’re doing against
a standard of performance.
Agreed Upon – goals should be jointly established rather than imposed. This
builds a powerful base for commitment.
Realistic – Set realistic goals that provide a challenge and stretch for those
involved. If a goal is not realistic – there’s no hope, but if it’s not challenging,
there’s no motivation.
Time specific – a well-defined deadline for when the project must be
accomplished ads a sense of urgency.