Use the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) framework to achieve your goals.  

Let’s look at each one more closely:

  • Specific: Visit Spain and Portugal vs. Travel more
  • Measurable: Run a 50k vs. Run farther
  • Attainable: Dive the Great Barrier Reef vs. Go to Pluto
  • Realistic: Increase bench press by 100 pounds this year vs. Increase bench press by 100 pounds by tomorrow
  • Timely: Visit Spain and Portugal by June of next year vs. Visit Spain and Portugal

Here’s an example of a SMART goal:

By the end of next year, I will run a 50-mile race in the San Francisco Bay Area.

You’ll see that it is specific (50-mile race), measurable (50 miles), attainable (lots of people have run 50 miles), realistic (I’ve run a 50K before), and timely (by the end of next year).

Look at your goals and make sure they’re SMART.  

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