How To Formulate Goals that You’re Actually Going to Achieve4 min read

Have you ever resolved to do something that you didn’t do in the end? Yes? You’re probably not the only one. People make New Year’s resolutions all the time and two weeks later the good intent is already forgotten. But YOU are not going to be one of them. Not this year. Because after reading this post you’ll know how to formulate goals that are neither too vague, nor too over-ambitious. And you know what? Because I like my followers so much, I also created a FREE worksheet for you. You can download it below.

There is a technique I learned through the Career Development Service of my University which I’m always using for formulating my goals. If you use this technique, I’m sure nothing will get in the way of your dreams! The technique I’m talking about is called S.M.A.R.T. goal setting. Fancy name, isn’t it?

After starting to formulate my goals with this technique, it became so much easier to actually see and value results. I’m always so proud of myself when I can cross something of that bucket list of mine. It’s like a warm blanket wrapped around you on a cold winter’s day.


You deserve to have this awesome feeling, too. Why am I a fan of the S.M.A.R.T technique? What is so great about it? S.M.A.R.T helps you set clear milestones and makes your goals attainable. The technique is easy to implement, gives your goals a clear structure, makes them trackable and helps you to focus on what you want to achieve. And the best thing is: you can not only use it for your personal goals, you can also easily transfer the technique onto your business and career goals. Isn’t that fantastic?

A popular resolution for the next year could be to live a healthier lifestyle. So, what you’re not going to do at this New Year Eve’s party is saying: “In two weeks, I will weigh as much as a fluffy puppy”. Because that is neither a healthy lifestyle nor a well formulated and manageable goal. If you formulate goals like this, you will always feel disappointed because you’ll still have the weight of a normal human being.

This is where the S.M.A.R.T approach comes into play. Let’s start with the hard facts: What does S.M.A.R.T stand for? It is an abbreviation for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely.


  1. Specific
    The more specific your description of your goal is, the bigger is the chance that you’ll actually manage to achieve it. Consider who, what, when, where, why and how when you start formulating your goal.
  2. Measurable
    This means breaking your goal down into small, measurable elements. You’ll need concrete evidence. This could mean that you adhere to a healthy lifestyle by eating vegetables twice a day.
  3. Achievable (or Attainable)
    You have to consider the resources needed for achieving your goal. If you’re lacking certain skills, you can plan training. If you lack certain resources, you can look for ways of getting them. You should also pay attention to formulating a realistic goal.
  4. Relevant
    This is all about your own motivation. Is reaching the goal relevant to YOU? Really think about it. Do you really want to be famous, run a multinational enterprise, or be a parent of three children? The wording of goals includes a reflection upon whether the goal is really acceptable to you. Because at the end of the day, it is you who has to invest effort and time.
  5. Timely
    Probably one of the most important points when formulating goals, because everybody know that deadlines are what makes people switch into action. Install a realistic timeline for yourself, don’t make it a race against time. Because this is most likely not how you want to achieve something.

If we transfer the whole thing to our healthy lifestyle example, it is: “I want to lose 10 pounds in the next 4 months by going to the gym for one hour every Tuesday and eating vegetables twice a day, because I really want to fit in my favourite dress for Charlene’s wedding.” You see? This sounds like something you’re actually going to achieve.

Let me know your goals for 2016, so I can cheer you on!

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