Goals Are An Important Tool for Achieving In Life
by Tori Johnson
In our everyday lives we think about things we want to achieve. Whether it is a long term or short term goal, it is only right that we work hard to attain them.
Here are some tips to set smart goals: 
- S – Specific (or Significant).
- M – Measurable (or Meaningful).
- A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
- R – Relevant (or Rewarding).
- T – Time-bound (or Trackable).
- Further Tips for Setting Your Goals: 
- State each goal as a positive statement – Express your goals positively – “Execute this technique well” is a much better goal than “Don’t make this stupid mistake.”
- Be precise: Set precise goals, putting in dates, times and amounts so that you can measure achievement. If you do this, you’ll know exactly when you have achieved the goal, and can take complete satisfaction from having achieved it.
- Set priorities – When you have several goals, give each a priority. This helps you direct your attention to the most important ones.
- Write goals down – This crystallizes them and gives them more force.
- Keep operational goals small – Keep the low-level goals that you’re working towards small and achievable. If a goal is too large, then it can seem that you are not making progress towards it. Keeping goals small and incremental gives more opportunities for reward.
- Set realistic goals – It’s important to set goals that you can achieve. All sorts of people (for example, employers, parents, media, or society) can set unrealistic goals for you. They will often do this in ignorance of your own desires and ambitions.
“I set a goal up, then I write it down and work towards it,” said senior Kimani Veira.
“I first come up with a detailed plan [along] with a timeline,” mentioned Math teacher Mark Cronk.
“I make a list for everything [I want to achieve] and get satisfaction when I get to check something off,” stated Special Education teacher Michelle Baughman.