Are you looking for a way to outsmart your peers when it comes to setting goals? Maybe you own your own business, or perhaps you’re an employee looking to get ahead. Whether you’re a student, business owner, or entrepreneurial-wannabe, there are easy steps you can take to help make setting and achieving your goals easy. Keep reading to learn how to stay one step ahead.

How to Outsmart Your Peers When Setting Goals

Have you ever heard of setting a smart goal? S.M.A.R.T. goals are a psychological idea, from George T. Doran, that walks people through the right ways to accomplish a goal. Each letter stands for a tool that helps improve your chances of success. Keep reading to learn how to set and achieve your goals the right way:

S Is for Specific

If you want to set a goal, you will actually achieve be specific about it. People who set general goals often forget about them because they have no time frames, measurability, or details to hold them accountable. If you want to set a specific goal, you should be able to answer the who, what, when, where, which, and why.

Just look at it this way, if you say you want to lose weight, technically that means you can quit after just one pound. Saying you want to lose 25-pounds gives the specifics you need to stay motivated, which brings us to our next point.

M Is for Measurable

Having a measurable goal is often key to keeping someone inspired. Putting a number or some form of measurable to your goal not only motivates you to continue, but it can also guilt you when you don’t. Some people find that the more specific they are with their measurable, the better.

A Is for Achievable

While it is vital that you don’t set goals that are too easy for you, ensuring your goal is achievable is paramount. If you set a goal that’s too hard or impossible to achieve you can quickly become burned out or discouraged.

R Is for Relevant

It may seem like an obvious tip that your goal should be relevant, but you’d be surprised by how many people forget this. Don’t be afraid to create a hierarchy and shift your focus toward the items that help reach your overall goal. If a goal is easy to achieve but irrelevant, move it down further on the list.

T Is for Time-Bound

One of the biggest reasons why people give up on their goals is because they don’t set a time-frame to them. Creating time-bound goals not only motivates you to succeed, but it ensures that your goal doesn’t get pushed by the wayside. That being said, as we learned above, just remember to keep your time frames realistically achievable and specific.

Let’s Achieve Those Goals

Now that you know the ins and outs of setting achievable goals, you can begin to make progress, the right way. All you have to keep in mind is the acronym S.M.A.R.T. to ensure your goal is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. If you’re interested in learning more about reaching your personal and professional goals, keep reading.

Sometimes the only way to get ahead is to take a step back and look at yourself and your processes. If you’re ready to push yourself to become the most successful person you can be, Munif Ali. Munif is an inspirational leader, coach, and mentor that dedicates his time toward propelling people just like you. Ready to realize your true potential? Head on over to to learn more and download a free guide.

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