S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting: How to Achieve Your Goals

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Carlee Wallace

Founder & Owner of: Herbalife Nutrition

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Family & Life and Health & Fitness Writer


SMART stands for Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic and Time. When setting a goal (long-term or short-term) it needs to be specific, the more specific the better. For example one of my goals this year is to get down to a BMI of 20%. Measurable for my goal means to be able to check in weekly (weekly weigh ins) and see if I am coming any closer to my BMI goal. If your goals are more mental try keeping a journal to track yourself. Is your goal achievable? It is great to set high goals but…you want to be able to check it off. Something that would be a good example of this is if my goal was to get a BMI of 20% by tomorrow…probably not going to happen. Which brings us to being realistic.

If my goal were to get down to 5% BMI that would be extremely unrealistic (not to mention unhealthy). Finally, there is time, set a reasonable amount of time in which you want to achieve your goal. I have this year goals and five-year goals. For this year goals, I wrote down when I need to start and then times of when I want to be seeing results. To help yourself achieve your goals try not only writing them down but place them where you can see them every day (be reminded of what you are capable of). I placed my goals on my vanity mirror and on my fridge (not to sound narcissistic but I do look at my reflection multiple times a day and I have to eat so…).


Article Credits: Carlee Wallace

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

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  3. allezgirl 2 years ago

    SMART is an amazing system to follow for goals, I’m glad you covered it It really helps formulate realistic goals, not just goals that sound nice. Great job! 🙂 http://www.allezgirl.com

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  5. franthedresser 2 years ago

    I loved this post it was just what I needed!

  6. chriswhite1988 2 years ago

    Great blog that tells the truth. There are goals that people make that are just unrealistic and know they won’t be achieved. Start small, know what you can and can’t do and be realistic. #StayTechie https://christopherewhite.wordpress.com/

  7. Shaun Derenzo 2 years ago

    Reblogged this on Daily Self Help Blog.

  8. Shaun Derenzo 2 years ago

    This is great! Thank you (:

  9. k1011k 2 years ago

    Thanks for reminding us about this! 😀

  10. Fitness and Fueling 2 years ago

    I think people easily fail setting a goal in ‘whole’ form. Rather, I prefer to set goals in raw form. Small steps should be the goals 🙂 Just my opinion. Good article.

    • Eccentric Elayne 2 years ago

      Well put – “some steps should be the goals”. And sometimes, the goal can be as simple as not repeating yesterday’s failure.

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  14. Angie Sim 2 years ago

    We learned about this all the time in elementary school, as well as middle school, high school and even college! All my teachers growing up practically drilled this into my head. But as you demonstrated in this helpful piece, setting these kinds of goals is a lot more efficient. At least, it is for me! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing! You just reminded me again of why this is so important. (It was also motivating!)

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  15. trendsandrelations 2 years ago

    These are great tips- thank you!!!!!

  16. Ryan Barnes, RN, BSN 2 years ago

    When I was a nursing student, we were constantly reminded to make SMART goals for our patient care plans. The importance of making goals specific and time bound were reinforced so frequently in clinicals so our care would remain focused. Since graduating and entering the real world, I still create SMART goals in nursing, but I have also started using them for my own personal goals.

    For instance, I am working towards buying my first home. I typed out on a word doc the ultimate goal (owning a home) and then creating a SMART goal to state what I needed to do for this to become a reality. Then, I went further by listing steps I am taking or would take to achieve this goal. Not only does this process keep your goals focused, but it keeps you focused on your goals because you have an action plan and feel like you can succeed. This is obviously a longer term goal, but SMART goals can be useful daily, weekly, or even over several years. The one thing I always thought was funny is that there’s really no difference between “achievable” and “realistic”.

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