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SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals. These are criteria that are used to guide the development of effective and successful goals. Here’s what each of these criteria means:
Goals should be clearly defined and specific, stating exactly what you want to achieve.
Goals should be quantifiable, so you can track your progress and determine whether you have achieved them.
Goals should be realistic and attainable, given the resources and time you have available.
Goals should be aligned with your broader objectives and priorities, and should be meaningful and important to you.
Goals should have a specific timeframe for completion, so you can stay on track and monitor your progress.
Here’s an example of how to use these criteria to create a SMART goal:
Specific: I want to increase my sales by 10% in the next quarter.
Measurable: I will track my sales each week and compare them to my previous quarter’s sales.
Achievable: Based on my current sales and the resources I have available, a 10% increase is realistic.
Relevant: Increasing sales is important to me because it will help me grow my business and increase my revenue.
Time-bound: I will achieve this goal within the next quarter, which ends on June 30th.
By creating a SMART goal, you can increase your chances of success by ensuring that your goals are well-defined, achievable, and meaningful.