Beyond SMART: 3 more ways to evaluate a goal

We are almost halfway through 2015. How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions?

If thinking about the goals you set six months ago makes you cringe, you are not alone. According to a study by University of Scranton, less than half of those who make New Year’s resolutions are still keeping them six months later.

Luckily, goal setting doesn’t have to be limited to the first of the year. In 2015, why not make set Half-Year resolutions on June 1?

When evaluating a goal, of course you will want to start with SMART.






But you don’t have to stop there. Evaluate your goal a little further, and ask yourself these questions.


Do I really want to achieve this goal?

Making a change is hard. If your initial answer to this questions is, “Well, it would be nice,” you are probably not sufficiently motivated to do what it takes to achieve your goal. It may still be a worthwhile goal, but, as of this moment, you just don’t want it badly enough.

If you do think that this is a necessary goal for you, search for motivation. Do a little research to understand the benefits of achieving this goal, and the drawbacks of continuing as you are. External motivators like bribes or threats may help initially, but internal motivation will help you maintain your resolve.

Is this a good time to start working towards this goal?

It is always easy to come up with a thousand reasons not to make a change. However, there are times in life where it just is not a good idea to implement one more goal. An impending move, an emotional crisis, beginning a demanding job, a health situation, or the addition or loss of a family member might all be reasons to delay making a significant lifestyle change.

Is this goal in line with my priorities?

If training for a marathon prevents you from working enough hours to put food on the table, a marathon is not in line with your priorities. If missing school for piano competitions is severely hurting your grades, first prize may not compensate for your academic future.

If achieving a goal prevents you from achieving in more important areas, it is not a worthwhile goal.


What are some of your current goals? Can you believe 2015 is almost halfway over? What do you hope to accomplish by the end of the year? Comment below!

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