Goal achievement is done by S.M.A.R.T.I.E.S.

Be specific. To say “I want to get fit” is a wish. To qualify for a goal you must make it highly specific. For example “to be able to run 5km in under 20 minutes” gives us a specific target to aim for.


As well as being specific goals must have a time line. That is there must be a way in which we can measure when it is to be done by.

Using the above example to get us closer to our target we could change the statement to “to be able to run 5km in under 20 minutes by June 1st 2004”.


There is nothing more demoralizing than to set something that is unachievable. Particularly if goal setting is new to you it would be far wiser to set smaller targets to begin with.

How do you know if your goal is too big or too small? Firstly, take it and make it bigger, double it, triple it, reduce the time frame by one half and see how you feel.

If your heart starts to race and get an uncomfortable feeling in the pit of your stomach then it may be too big.

Then do the opposite, make them smaller or lengthen the time for completion. How does that make you feel?

If you start to yawn and realize that it could be done too easily increase it until it causes you to get a little bit nervous but are optimistically excited by the prospect of achieving this. Choose carefully because you are about to find out what happens if you don’t get it right.


In order to create some leverage for accomplishing these goals I recommend a three pronged approach. Firstly, decide what an appropriate reward would be when you achieve it. Then go out and purchase it. The catch here, however, is that you will need to leave it unopened and untouched in a place where you will see it every day. This reminds you of the goal and will give you the motivation and focus to complete it. Secondly, you need to create more leverage so you need to decide if you fail to achieve your goal who will you give the reward to. That’s right, if you don’t achieve it then as a punishment you will have to give it away. To make matters worse, you will also need to come up with an additional penalty if you fail to reach your goal. For example, you will have to wash the dishes at home every night for the next 3 months. Make it something really nasty so that you have sufficient motivation to help you through any tough times.


You will need to monitor your goals on a regular basis. I recommend that you start of reviewing your goals on a daily basis initially then weekly as you see progress. As you get closer to achievement you may also need to review more regularly.

"In your face":

Your goals should be in your face and always in front of you.

You must keep your eye on the prize if you want it to eventuate.


Check to see if you are still excited by your goals. Are you getting closer to or further away from your goal?

Every now and again we all need a small "tune-up" with our goals. Keep evaluating the importance to you and as Steven Covey says "Keep first things first".

Step by Step:

What are the small step steps you need to take to achieve this goal? Break it down into small achievable steps and then take each necessary step in turn.

Each step builds more momentum which should ultimately set you on the path to goal achievement.

Remember...anything worth doing is worth doing properly.