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Setting SMART Goals

SMART goals provide an easy-to-follow structure for creating goals. This helps you really break down what you want into a format that makes it simpler to plan for, track and ultimately achieve your goals.

To create your goals, first think about your values. When your goals match up with important values to you and your family, you’re more likely to prioritize achieving them.

If you’re not sure what your goals are, think about what you want to change in your life. See if there’s a goal you can create to help bring about that change.

It’s likely there are many things you want to achieve. But if you can focus on one or two priorities aligning with your values, you’ll have a better chance of reaching that goal.

What to do

Setting SMART Goals

List the values most important to you

Think about your values and choose which ones are most important to you.

  • Family/friends
  • Happiness
  • Health
  • Reputation
  • Spirituality
  • Stability
  • Status

List your hopes, wants and dreams

Thinking about your values, write a list of things you’d like to change and dreams you have. They can be short term (less than six months to achieve) or long term (more than six months to achieve).

Remember, dreams are aspirational and usually vague. Goals are specific things your can achieve to help you reach your dreams.

  • Things I'd like to change
  • Dreams I have for myself and my family

Use your list of dreams to create a SMART goal

Write down what makes this goal specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound.

My SMART goal is...


  • What will I achieve?
  • Who will benefit form the goal?
  • What specific thing will I accomplish?


  • How much?
  • How many?
  • How will I know when it's done?


  • Is this goal something I can actually reach?
  • Do I have the tools and support I need to accomplish this?


  • Is this something I really want?
  • Is now the right time to do this?
  • Why is this goal important?

Time bound

  • When will I reach this goal?
  • Is the time frame reasonable?


Setting SMART Goals Workbook
Download this fillable PDF to learn how to effectively set SMART goals.


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