Setting Reasonable Goals: Short-Term, Long-Term, and S.M.A.R.T.

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Setting Reasonable Goals: Short-term, Long-term, and S.M.A.R.T.

The Goal-Setting Process

When you identify something specific you want, you set a goal. Actually getting what you want demands hard work and the ability to set and follow a plan. Think of a goal setting plan like a map. With this map, you will be able to see where you want to go, decide on the route that will take you there, and see where you are on your journey at any given time.

The Goal-Setting Process: Types of Goals

Some goals have a large scope. Getting your degree will take some time, for example. Other goals have an open-ended time frame. For instance, if your goal is to become a better musician, you
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Check Your Understanding

Choose the correct component of the SMART model for each goal description.

1. You’ve planned overseas trips before and are looking forward to visiting Germany for the first time

a. Measurable b. Attainable c. Specific

Answer: Attainable; an attainable goal is one that can be reached. If you’ve planned overseas trips before with success, you can plan another with no problem!

2. Planning a trip to Germany.

a. Measurable b. Attainable c. Specific

Answer: Specific; goals should be definable in specific terms: for example, a “trip to Germany,” as opposed to a “trip to Europe.”
3. Trip details will be completely planned before the April 15, 2010 date.

a. Measurable b. Attainable c. Specific

Answer: Measurable; measurable goals can be quantified in terms such as “before April 15, 2010.”

4. It only took you two months to plan the last overseas trip, so you’re not concerned with at least three years left to plan the trip before April 15, 2010.

a. Realistic b. Timely

Answer: Timely; goals should be attainable in a timely fashion. You needed less time when you last planned a trip like this, so there is no concern about meeting this deadline in a timely fashion.

5. You’ve saved money and have a friend in the travel business who has volunteered to help you plan the trip.

a. Realistic b. Timely

Answer: Realistic; a realistic goal is

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