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Setting SMART Personal Goals

Updated on July 21, 2015
Setting SMART Goals
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How to Set and Achieve SMART Goals?

A goal is an objective that you set yourself to achieve. Setting goals is important because it gives us a sense of direction. Essentially, they are like a road map that guide us to our destination and enable us to track our journey.

For goal setting to be effective, goals should be clearly defined. In other words, they should be specific, measurable and have a timeline attached to it. This helps keep track of our progress and ultimately celebrate the successes as a reward for accomplishment.

This web page is dedicated to helping people who wish to set and achieve goals whether they are personal, career-related, professional, performance-related, or any other ones. We will discuss the importance and benefits of setting goals, how to set SMART goals, goal setting tips, how to keep track of the ones achieved, encouraging quotes, how to stay motivated and more.

After having discussed all the above, I will list down some of my goals that I had set in 2014 along with the status of each goal.

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Benefits of Setting Goals

Why Should I Set Goals?

One of the biggest benefits of setting goals is that they allow you to make your dreams a reality. As Diana Scharf Hunt put it "Goals are dreams with deadlines." By setting them and having a plan to achieve them, you bring them into fruition.

Setting goals helps people bring clarity and focus to what they are doing. As Earl Nightingale once said, "People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. It's as simple as that.". Basically, they become your road map to your destination.

By achieving your goals, you bring about more confidence in yourself and are not only able to help yourself succeed, but thereby help and influence others succeed.

Anyone can set goals, but for them (i.e. dreams) to become a reality, we must learn how to set effective ones. One of the ways to go about setting effective ones is using SMART goals. To learn more, continue reading the next section.

Setting SMART Goals

How to Set Effective Goals?

There doesn't seem to be compelling evidence as to who was the originator of SMART goals. Some say that Paul Meyer was the first to use it in 1965, others claim its first known use was in 1981 by George Doran. Irrespective, who was the originator, SMART goals have been effectively used to set and achieve them.

SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant & Time-bound.

  • Specific: by making your goals specific, you bring clarity and focus;
  • Measurable: helps you keep track of your progress;
  • Attainable: keeps your goals realistic and you motivated;
  • Relevant: keeps the focus on something you truly want to accomplish;
  • Time-Bound: helps you set targets with deadlines.

For example, let's say my goal is to lose weight, now it definitely sounds like a one, but it's not a SMART one because it's not Specific, may be you can measure it, but it's not time-bound.

So a SMART goal would be "I want to lose 20 pounds over the next 12 months". Now this goal is Specific in terms of how much weight you want to lose, it's Measurable, it's Attainable if you put a plan in place, it's Relevant to you and it's Time-bound because you've attached a timeframe to it.

Video Tutorial on Setting SMART Goals

Goal Setting 101 - How to Set and Achieve Goals

Goal Setting 101: How to Set and Achieve a Goal!
Goal Setting 101: How to Set and Achieve a Goal!

This book offers solid advice on setting and achieving your goals. Goal Setting 101 helps you to become brilliant on the basics by explaining the Who?, What?, Where?, When?, How?, and Why? of goal setting. You will learn what to do before, during, and after as you pursue any goal. A great tool for beginners, students and a valuable reference for seasoned goal setters and teachers!

 

Tips to Set & Achieve Goals - Effective Goal Setting is a MUST!

As mentioned earlier, for goals to be effective set them using the SMART criteria. In order to stay focused on achieving them, use the following tips:

  • Write down your goals with specifics;
  • Break them down into smaller tasks;
  • Make sure that they don't conflict with each other;
  • Surround yourself with positive, like-minded people;
  • Be flexible and ready to tweak your goals;
  • Reward yourself after achieving specific milestones.

You may want to watch this short YouTube video on some more tips and examples.

Smart Goal Setting - 92 Tips For Using Short Term Goals To Create A Great Life

Smart Goal Setting: 92 Tips For Using Short Term Goals To Create A Great Life
Smart Goal Setting: 92 Tips For Using Short Term Goals To Create A Great Life

Smart Goal Setting : 92 Tips For Using Short Term Goals To Create A Great Life is a simple and easy-to-apply book in which you will discover ninety-two tips for smart goal setting using short term goals that you can immediately use to create a great life in the shortest time possible.

 

My Goals for 2014

Goals Focused on Online Work in 2014

Ok, now that we've discussed some important aspects of setting effective goals and achieving them, I'm listing below, some of the goals I set for myself in 2014. The ones that I've listed below are focused on my online work which is to do with blogging/writing, cleaning up my Squidoo lenses transferred to HubPages, and YouTube videos. Each of them have actionable steps to help track and achieve them by the respective deadline dates. I kept track of these goals during 2014 on a monthly basis, to check my progress. So here are my 3 goals for 2014:

Goal #1: Clean Up Squidoo Lenses Transferred to HubPages

Create and Update 12 New Squidoo Lenses by December 2014

Actionable Steps:

• Review ALL Squidoo lenses (webpages) transferred to HubPages;

• Complete editing of all lenses transferred to HubPages.

Status: Given that Squidoo has been acquired by HubPages, this goal is focused on reviewing and cleaning up lenses that have been transferred to HP. I decided to move only 32 of my Squidoo lenses to HubPages. Depending on my experience, I will decide to create more hubs.

I will also be publishing more Wizzley pages and blogs, but this will depend on the transfer of my Squidoo lenses to HubPages. I managed to update all 32 lenses that transferred to HubPages before the deadline date.

Goal #2: Blogging

Write 24 blog posts on current blogs by December 31, 2014

Actionable Steps:

• Research topics to write each month;

• Write 2 blog posts per month on current blogs.

Status: As mentioned above, given the acquisition of Squidoo by HubPages, in August 2014, I have decided to move some of my content to my blogs. My goal, by end of December 2014 is to complete 100% of my project in transferring this Squidoo content to my blogs. I have managed to exceed this goal by publishing a total of 52 blog posts on my blogs.

Goal #3: Video Production

Produce 12 YouTube Videos by December 31, 2014

Actionable Steps:

• Research topic for video each month;

• Create one YouTube video a month;

• Upload videos to YouTube.

Status: created and uploaded 46 videos from January to December 2014 on my YouTube Channel. I decided to create more YT videos instead of creating more Squidoo lenses (webpages) and blogging more due to the changes with Squidoo. I exceeded this goal and this specific goal helped me increase my AdSense earnings as well, through my monetized YouTube videos.

Have you set to achieve any goals for 2015?

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      Melody Lassalle 2 years ago from California

      This is really timely advice for me. I find my problem is not being specific enough and not breaking my goal up into smaller achievable units. It makese sense that you need to be specific and focused in order to achieve goals. As I restart my online writing efforts, I'm going to remember these guidelines. Thanks for this useful information!

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      SusanAston 4 years ago

      Excellent summary.

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      MaiAki 4 years ago

      Thank you! I will try to set some SMART goals from now on...you have inspired me to write a post about some of my goals...Stay tuned!...

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      I like the idea of S.M.A.R.T. - even if you don't alwys track everything - at least choosing goals that can be tracked or followed is much more positive.

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      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      Love your work! My goals for 2013 are quite different to any I've set myself in the past. That is very exciting and motivating too. : ) Thanks for the reminders. :)

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      bamalife 4 years ago

      "A Goal WIthout A Plan Is Just A Wish" - Great Quote. Great Lens.

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      Liz Mackay 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      In 2010 I set myself a goal to write a poem a day for a year, here on Squidoo. It was a rewarding experience. Now I need to set some goals to help me with my housework!!

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      mynameisrachel 4 years ago

      Really nice lens and ideas for setting goals.

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      daisychainsaw lm 4 years ago

      I`m setting up my own surface pattern design business this year, so yes, I have goals to acieve! Your lens is inspirational, thank you!

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      AlexVolker 4 years ago

      Why postpone something that you can put off all together

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      PapaKork 4 years ago

      I really need to work harder on my goals and this article is a great inspiration to do so!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens, very useful, will try it later.

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      gradientcat 4 years ago

      My goal is to set 3 smart goals by the end of the month.

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      JeromyS7 4 years ago

      NIce Work! Great build, great topic, great photos! Thanks for putting this all together, many good ways to 'get it together' and set goals! I have a goal too with Squidoo, to increase my rank, my traffic, my social integration with my fello Squids. Finding right here, there is a pretty great community!

      Cheers!

      JeromyS

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      srg 4 years ago

      Very informative lens! Set goals and watch your dreams stretch out in front of you. Invest in your future in 2013!

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      jessjohnson lm 4 years ago

      I super like this lens! Thank you so much for this.

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      I am so good about setting goals, but so bad about following through :( I hope you achieve all goals you set for yourself in 2013.

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      pyngthyngs 4 years ago

      I am definitely set after reading your well crafted lens on effective goal setting. Goals are amazing. They are part of the human spirit. One thing that makes us so special is the ability to create long term goals and set out to accomplish them day by day.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My goal is to set more goals, i have never had any goals in life as such and always felt lost. Now with goals i have a purpose and sure to make it big!

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      Random thoughts2 4 years ago

      I wish I could give 2 thumbs up for this lens. Simply awesome and strike that small fire on me.

      Simply awesome. Liked it.

      Feel free to visit my lenses as well, please honor my lens with your views and opinions.

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      capriht 4 years ago

      great lens... well done on your achievement, and I will also be back!

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      TACTCI LM 4 years ago

      Hey AJ, this is one remarkable lens that is so well presented, I can see why it's doing so well, it can't help but to continue to help others, including myself. I'm going to bookmark this right now for my own advantage. Thanks for freely sharing your experience with the Squid Community. -Ben

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      Toy-Tester 4 years ago

      Great goal setting and yes and the more specific your goals are the more easily they are attained. I will definitely be back to read this lens again before the end of this weekend...:)

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      TheFreeLife 4 years ago

      Nice lens idea! I agree 100%. If you don't have clear goals laid out for your life you won't ever achieve what makes you happy.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens! This is so important!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like what you wrote on SMART Goals and how you can apply this methodology on anything you want. There is also SMARTER goals but I have not seen many people use them...probably no one has time to plan the E and R...I think there is also an S too...yikes. great lens. thank you.

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      Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

      Setting goals is important so you can stay focused and follow a plan. I do set my goals, specially this year; I have so many plans ahead :)

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      Muebles de host 4 years ago

      Nice lens with good information. Thank you

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      esimps 4 years ago

      Setting goals is always important in life and can really change the direction your life takes. Don't just set goals but make sure that you do your best to achieve your goals.

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      martinrpringle lm 4 years ago

      Good post. It never ceases to amaze me just how many people do not take the time to sit down and set goals. Then they wonder why they do not achieve the success they are striving for!!

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      Smitty 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great lens. Setting goals is so very important... and the SMART approach is the best I've seen.

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      abouthealthtips 4 years ago

      Great lens. I would add that you need to ensure the goals are important to you and not just nice to do.

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      aboutkitchenrev 4 years ago

      Its a new year and time to sit down and make a plan for 2013. Thank you for the friendly reminder and insightful lens. Cheers

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      Lee Hansen 4 years ago from Vermont

      I learned this process years ago and although I don't formally apply the tactics, I do use SMART goal setting. I am always setting new targets for myself, in fact many of my goals overlap (as I see some of yours do as well). I think this is one of the finest LOTD for a New Year topic I've ever read or reviewed. BRAVO!

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      kayla_harris 4 years ago

      You Lens is very useful! I really need to set SMART Goals for myself!

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      spids lm 4 years ago

      Very cool! Congrats on LOTD!

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      Doglover123 4 years ago

      Great story man u helped with so many of my goals your awesome and thank you

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      thegrayrabbit 4 years ago

      Yes getting on the list today.

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      ukprowriter 4 years ago

      Fantastic advice on goal setting. Just what I needed to stay focused

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      IMHustle 4 years ago

      Excellent lens with very helpful advice! Thank you for creating it and sharing it here.

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      discountexpert 4 years ago

      Great lens! Have you ever thought about implementing meditation to help achieve your goals? Or better yet, do you meditate? Either way check out my lens on meditation, thank you and enjoy :) http://www.squidoo.com/meditation-focus-supplement...

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      Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

      Wow, with this awesome Lens I can't miss my goals in 2013!

      Thanks so much!

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      RaintreeAnnie 4 years ago from UK

      Excellent and very helpful advice! I always write down goals. Also congratulations on LOTD :)

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      fotolady49 lm 4 years ago

      Great resource lens. I am bookmarking so I can return often. Thanks for sharing!

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      You bet!! Funny, all day today I've been mentally contemplating my goals for 2013 and then at the end of it I find this beautifully done lens by someone I admire greatly. What a treat to get confirmation that it's important to set smart personal goals that can be reasonably achieved. 2012 was the end of a period of very unstable years for me. This year I am much more balanced in all aspects of life and ready to improve on all of my creations in a pragmatic vs haphazard way. Many blessings to you AJ and congrats on your current successes and all those to come!! :D

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      Excellent lens, AJ! I think all who read it will pause and think about what goals they should make, will make, have made, and whether they are continuing to work toward their goals. My goals, like others, tend to be in my head. Unfortunately, my head has a big tendency to forget! Writing goals down and working toward them regularly is a wise thing to do. Thank you for helping us to be more productive. :)

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      XpectMore 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens I thought is was so helpful. I used your link for my "Squidliking Quest: Looking Forward. "

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Congrats on LoTD. Very good information on goal setting. I use goals but never really bothered to write them down, they were all in my head. But this year I plan to set some SMART goals and post them where I will see them every day. Maybe even on my blog so that I will be held accountable.

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      ArdivJauhari 4 years ago

      Wow this had got to be one of the best lens I've ever seen here in Squidoo, everyone can relate to this topic! Can you drop by my lens and shoot me a comment? I could use a pointer or two :)

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      teresa-shatto 4 years ago

      Excellent lens, love it! Big congrats on LoTD...it's well-deserved!

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      GrammieOlivia 4 years ago

      Very very good lens, I will be back to re-rad this when I have reached my first goal and then re-read it again. Congrats on LoTD! Well done!

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      kcsantos 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LoTD! Thanks for sharing these great tips. This lens is really helpful especially for those who really want to start a new life this 2013. Anyway, great choice of quote, too (C.S. Lewis) Happy New Year!

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      Mamabyrd 4 years ago

      I am sitting down today and writing a list of goals for my home and for Squidoo. Congrats on LOTD! and Happy New Year.

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      Goal setting is necessary to keep on track. You share lots of helpful information here. I have set my goals for 2013 and am anticipating a fantastic year ahead. A very Happy New Year to you AJ and congratulations on LOTD! ~angel blessed :)

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      ikeephouse 4 years ago

      Happy New Year. Congrats on having the lens of the day. You've inspired me to write down my goals that I was just holding in my head! Good luck with your goals this year.

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      KandH 4 years ago

      Happy New Year to you and thanks for some great tips to help achieve my goals for this year :)

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      dawnsnewbeginning 4 years ago

      I have to have goals, things to work toward and look forward to.

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      NightMagic 4 years ago

      You have a lot of good advice here. I also think it's very important to set time frames. We have one goal in common & that's to do more of SEO.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 4 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Goals have been on my mind, today!! ***Blessed***

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      GabrielaFargasch 4 years ago

      What a beautiful page AJ! Everyone should be reading it! We were created to set goals and achieve them! Happy 2013!

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      youndyd lm 4 years ago

      Good and practical steps on goal setting. Writing down your goals is very important because that is really the first step of action toward achieving your goals.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Excellent tips to live by. I do set goals toward my vision. "Without vision my people perish." GOD

      Congratulations on LotD Anthony. Well deserved. Happy New Year!

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      Joan4 4 years ago

      Oh yes! I have been working on my goals for a few days now. Will finish up in another week. my favorite time of year!

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      Morrocan skyline 4 years ago

      Congratulations AJ on the Lens of The Day! I think its very important to speak out your goals and even publish them to the world like you have done right here. Its a great strategy that also carries with it accountability and now you have to do it because you said you will =)

      My goal this year is to have 100 or more lenses on Squidoo by April 2013 ! I've also written my other goals down and look at them each and every day for direction.

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      Celticep 4 years ago

      Never thought of using SMART targets for setting personal goals before. Thanks for sharing!

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      KnowitShareit 4 years ago

      Excellent lens. specific and measureable goals are definitely reachable. Congratulations on LOTD! Have a wonderful 2013.

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      webmavern 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! A very interesting lens, thanks!

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      tfsherman lm 4 years ago

      These sound like some goals I need to have! Thanks for the reminders!

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD and this lens is a great reminder of how to act smart and be better at what we do. A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      Lareene 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Excellent ideas, time bound especially spoke to me.

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      Tom 4 years ago

      I've got a lot of goals for this year. Congrats on LotD!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Great ideas and tips. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on LOTD. You have some great tips here that are very applicable to my current situation. I am familiar with the SMART goal setting process and am currently using it with a business coach to grow our business to the next level.

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      Kathy McGraw 4 years ago from California

      AJ I hope you reach all your 2013 goals...and even if you don't, at least you have ones to work on, and ones that are attainable :)

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      Lynne Schroeder 4 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      Really nicely laid out and simple to follow advice on personal goal setting ideas and well-deserved and timely LOTD. Congratulations

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      Annamadagan 4 years ago

      Great, great, great lens! It has lots of good points and information. Blessed!

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      clkbm 4 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Great goal setting tips.

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      greentiger11 4 years ago

      Very nice lens!! Congrats

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      Congrats on LotD! Great lens for this procrastinator :-)

      Happy New Year - May you exceed your goals in 2013.

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      steveironpump 4 years ago

      Very good post

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      Chocolatealchemy 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Great Lens - thanks for the useful tips too. There's something to be said for having a plan - a vision board for the year!

      Well deserved LOTD - congrats and I love that you shared you goals.

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      Very good tips and practical suggestions. Now I don't really have any reason to procrastinate my goal setting for 2013 anymore.....Am a firm believer in setting SMART goals, it does make a huge difference.

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      MiaMusement 4 years ago

      Nicely done; this is a VERY ATTRACTIVE lens!

      I've been a fan of SMART goals for many years. The author of a newsletter I subscribe to talked about them recently, but he changed the "A" to mean "As If," explaining the importance of describing goals as if you've attained them. I quite enjoyed the new twist, especially since I always found "Attainable" and "Realistic" to be somewhat redundant.

      Here's to a healthy, happy and successful 2013. You've certainly started the year well! ;-)

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD. I learned that if you promise to your self you are less likely to do so and then those new year resolutions don't get broken. I just try to start with something I can accomplish first for shorter times. Having set too many goals and give up along the way gets less accomplished. I have one project that I laid out the other day and started it yesterday. It will take months to complete but there is no time limit and I will just keep at it, as I think it will set the stage for many more possibilities.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It is best to follow the manufacturer's instructions

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      I definitely have goals and hope to make 2013 a productive year - excellent tips for everyone! Happy New Year and congratulations on an interesting LotD :>) ~~~Blessed~~~

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      Excellent advice, AJ! It's so easy to get off track when goals are too broad. I will be using the SMART system when setting my 2013 goals. Congrats on LotD!

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      Diva2Mom 4 years ago

      Amazing lens! Great and highly valuable tips in setting Smart personal goals. Wow, love, love this topic! Congratulations, my dear friend for the very well-deserved lens of the day! You truly deserve it as you always give your very best in everything that you do, especially in creating lenses. I'm sooo happy for you! May God bless you!!! Yup, I knew it was comin....great job! Very BLESSED by a little Squid Angel. God bless you sweetheart! Huge hug, my friend! Yay!!!!

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      JanieceTobey 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD!!

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      Kay 4 years ago

      Great tips and I find that when you have to be accountable for your goals by posting them online, it helps so much! Happy New Year!

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      Healthandmore 4 years ago

      I'm a HUGE goals fan and believer in accomplishing dreams. This is a great lens and the timing of me finding it at the start of 2013 is perfect! Thanks.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations on a well deserved LOTD. I am working on setting my 2013 Goals today

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      AllenCruise 4 years ago

      This is a totally great new year reading. Thank you for this wonderful lens. I have seen many lens of the day lenses, but I didn't find most of them too impressive, but this one is an exception. I will return to this article, and try to read the books recommended. Thank you very much again. Have a prosperous and successful new year filled with joy, care and love! :)

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      espio007 4 years ago

      Very relevant lens considering its new year and there are lots people with new year resolutions. I am going to set some goals myself related to lens publishing and making progress through my other creative enterprises. Congrats on lotd

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I always have goals and this year will be no different. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a great lens to start the year with. It's hard to imagine any successful person not being a goal-setter. Goals are essential. Thanks for sharing the SMART system with us and congrats on LotD! Happy New Year!

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      tobydavis 4 years ago

      Cool lens! I set myself goals every New Years and then within the year too - month by month, week by week etc - all part of my longer term strategy. Maybe a little too much for some, but I find it helps clarify my priorities and measure my own progress.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      Yes, indeed, 2013 goals are ready to rock! I find the "Measurable" and "Time-bound" aspects are often the most difficult to set, but they are the real keys to avoiding procrastination.

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      alexbricker 4 years ago

      Love the lens! Thanks. My wife and I are setting our Goals for the year this month.

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      randomthings lm 4 years ago

      Great article! Goal setting, to me, is extremely important. They say if you write it down you are more likely to achieve it. Thanks for sharing yours!