Specific – it answers who, what, which, where, when or why
Measurable – it answers how much or how many
Attainable – the goal stretches and challenges, but is within the ability to achieve
Relevant – the goal is worthy of your efforts
Timely – it can be given a time-table
General resolutions or goals often are vague and difficult to know when you have success: “I want to read more” or “I want exercise more”. More than what? More than before, but how much did I exercise or read before?
Using the example of reading more, you could make a S.M.A.R.T goal, “I want to read one non-fiction book relating to my work every month by reading one chapter every day”.
Specific: what = read one non-fiction book per month
Measurable: one chapter each day/one book each month
Attainable: one chapter each day takes between 15-40 minutes depending upon the length of the chapter
Relevant – work related
Timely – one book per month, 12 books per year
You may make S.M.A.R.T goals for your personal growth, family life, spiritual growth, finances, health, and ministry. A key to successful S.M.A.R.T goals is writing them down and sharing your goals with a friend who will encourage your journey.
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither--
whatever they do prospers.
Happy New Year!