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Practice Setting Short and Long Term Goals


Specific: (Who, What, Where, When, Why)

Success is easier to reach when it is defined!

Simple, Sensible, Significant



Measurable: (How Much?)

You must be able to track your progress precisely.

Meaningful, Motivating



Achievable: (Is this possible?)

You should have to work for your goal, but it should not be a stretch.

Agreed, Attainable



Realistic: (Is this what you want?)

If your goal is not important to yourself, then why are you doing it?

Reasonable, Relevant and Resourced, Results-based



Timely: (When, How Long?)

Deadlines allow us to stay focused on our goals.

Time-based, Time-limited, Time-bound, Time-sensitive


SMART Goal Example

Short-Term Goals

A goal is considered to be short-term if it can be achieved in 12 months (a year) or less. Some examples of short term goals are:

  • Taking a class

  • Finishing a book

  • Improving a specific skill

Here are examples of short-term goals in the SMART Goal form:

Career Related:

"I would like to be able to achieve a part time job in the next 3 months.  I will accomplish this by locating and applying to three organizations with open positions every week for the next two months." 


“My goal is to complete my new book by the end of the month by reading at least 3 chapters a week until it’s complete.” (Assuming that the book has 12 chapters.)

Long-Term Goals

A goal is considered to be long-term if it can be achieved in the future and takes longer than 12 months (a year) or more.

Some examples of long-term goals are:

  • Completing a College Degree

  • Working towards a promotion at work

  • Paying off your debt or school loans

Here are examples of long-term goals in the SMART Goal form:

Career Related:

“My goal is to successfully graduate with my college degree in *insert degree title* in 4 years by attending all my classes, completing my assignments, and maintaining a GPA of 3.0 over that 4 year period.”


"I will review the Dave Ramsey financial method, enrolling in Financial Peace University or reading one of his books.  I will organize my debt within the next six months and begin to pay down my debt using this process.  I plan to stick to this process faithfully for two years or longer."

Download our templates to practice writing your own SMART Goals. Use the Strategic Planner worksheet to set a long-term or short-term SMART goal and create a plan of action to achieve your goals. Use the Progress Tracker worksheet as a visual representation of your pathway to achieving your goal.

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