S – Specific:
For example, ‘I want to lose weight,’ is not a goal but mere wishful thinking. It only becomes a goal when I specify it down to, ‘I want to lose 5kg in 90 days.’
M – Measurable:
If we cannot measure a goal, we cannot accomplish it. Measurement allows us to plot our process and measure our progress.
A – Achievable:
This means that your goal must lie just beyond our reach so we are motivated to push ourselves past our ‘safe’ comfort-zone – and not out of sight; otherwise, you will lose heart and give up.
R – Realistic:
Returning to the dieting example, a person who wants to lose 25kg in 30 days is being unrealistic.
T – Time-bound:
There should always be a starting time/date and a finishing time/date.
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