The SMART-System for goals simply explained
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SMART Goals Examples: How to achieve your goals!

Most of the time, goals are not achieved because they are formulated incorrectly. The SMART system can effectively prevent this. Here you find Smart Goals Examples and functionality.

Most of us have goals. Some more, some less, some professional, some athletic, some private. But often we fail in our goals without knowing exactly why that is the case. One of the most common reasons we fail at our goals is that we set our goals wrong.

Why do we often have problems achieving our goals?

Want some example? Sure you know the New Year’s resolutions of our fellow human beings, which were propagated loudly at the end of the year, and which are usually forgotten a few days or weeks later. It’s not for nothing that 60% of gym members are passive members. Make a contract, do a workout 3-4 times and never come back. For the owners a princely business: the membership fees flow, without that it comes to a consideration.

Of course this has something to do with self-discipline, but often the reasons are that we’re not achieving our goals, but rather that we haven’t planned them enough.

With the so-called SMART method, which can be applied to almost all goals, your projects can be planned effectively and implemented much easier. In 5 simple steps, which you can remember by the word “smart”, you will be able to achieve real goals in the future and improve your productivity.

Try to apply the following smart goals examples to your everyday life. Have you perhaps proceeded similarly or in exactly the same way so far?

Smart Goals Examples and explanation

1.) Specific goals

One of the most common mistakes made by people setting goals is that they don’t define exactly what is actually to be achieved. There can be two reasons for this.

Sometimes it is on purpose, if we do not pinpoint ourselves. So we always have an excuse to ourselves and to others that it was meant differently. Often we are very motivated, but still haven’t exactly described our goal. But if we have not precisely defined what we actually want, it becomes difficult to achieve our goal.


Examples of unspecific goals

  • “My goal is to get a more beautiful body.”
  • “I want to live healthier.”
  • “I want to be able to afford more.”

Without question, the goals just mentioned are all praiseworthy and you’re allowed to reach them. But by not really telling you how you want to achieve that goal, it’s going to be hard for you to start.

Examples for specific goals

  • “Losing weight is my goal.”
  • “I want to smoke less.”
  • “In the future I want to have a higher income.”

You see, your goals have changed very little, but now you have a direction to go.

2.) Measurable Goals

The second point of smart method is that your goals, if you want to reach them, must also be measurable. If you set yourself goals that can not be verified at all, it will be difficult to motivate you in the long term.

Smart System: Examples for measurable goals


Examples of non-measurable goals

  • “I want to lose weight.”
  • “From now on I want to go to bed earlier.”
  • “In the future, I would like to spend less time with my smartphone.”
  • “Smoking less would be great.”
  • “I want to earn more money.”

Again, all goes well and well, but what does “smoking less” mean, for example? Your goal is clear, but your wording leaves many options for interpretation. In this way, you would have already achieved this goals if you only smoke one cigarette a week less.

Examples for measurable goals

  • “I would like to lose 5kg.”
  • “In the future I only want to smoke 3 cigarettes a day”
  • “My goal is to earn 50% more than current.”

Looks better, right? Now you’ve clear goals that can be verified not only for you, but also for every outsider.

3.) Attractive goals

Next, when setting goals, make sure that you really want to achieve them yourself, so it’s attractive to you and also recognized. For example, the following goals may be completely unattractive to you if they do not match your nature.


Examples for unattractive goals

  • “In the future I will never drink alcohol again.”
  • “I never eat sweets anymore.”
  • “I’ll do sport daily now.”

If you can do that, respect! But normally this won’t work and won’t be fun for very few people. So make sure that the goal remains attractive for you.


Examples for attractive goals

  • “I don’t drink alcohol during the week.”
  • “I don’t eat sweets in the office anymore.”
  • “From now on doing 2-3x a week sport.”

How important it is to define attractive goals, you know from the whole diet programs, which are rehashed over and over again. Having to do without something for 2 weeks or 1 month isn’t very attractive. And so it often comes afterwards directly to a weight gain, because we had so little fun that we want to reward now once (without diet).

4.) Realistic goals

When we think about something, our ambitions are often so great that we think we can rip trees out. Unfortunately, in this phase we often set targets that are far too high that we can hardly achieve.

Smart Goals: Examples for realistic goals


Examples for unrealistic goals

  • “I currently smoke 1 box of cigarettes a day, from now I stop completely.”
  • “Even if I have an average job today, I want to be a millionaire in 6 months.”
  • “I haven’t done any sports since school, but from now on I walk for an hour every day.”

Sure, there are (few) exceptional cases that could really go through that, but for most people, those goals would be much too high. Stay realistic so that you don’t fail after only two days with your project.


Examples for realistic goals

  • “I will only smoke 2/3 or half a pack of cigarettes from January 1st.”
  • “From now on I walk twice a week for as long as I keep up.”

Sounds more reasonable, right? The advantage here is that you do not have to change everything from now on, but you can slowly approach your goal and continue to increase it.

5.) Terminated goals

Another common mistake in setting goals is simply not setting a precise time until when the goal is supposed to be achieved.

Examples for not terminated goals

  • “I will lose 5 pounds.”
  • “I will read 10 books.”

Perfect, nice! So theoretically you also have 20 years for the 5 kilos or the 10 books, after all you didn’t say until when you wanted to do it. Of course, such goals make little sense, so you should set clear times.

Examples for terminated goals

  • “I will lose 5 pounds in 8 weeks.”
  • “I will read 10 books this year.”

Sounds much better right? Now you know how much time you have to reach your goal and you can work with it accordingly.


That’s it. So you know the 5 elementary components of a real goal. So if you set goals in the future, try using this method. You will see that this will make it much easier to reach your goals afterwards.

In a nutshell

Often we set ourselves goals that we won’t achieve – for reasons unknown to us. The problem here, however, is usually not in a lack of self-discipline, but often in the fact that we have run off aimlessly.

With the SMART method, which is also used in project management, goals can be easy and quickly defined precisely. Referring to the initials of SMART, your goals must be

  • specific
  • measurable
  • attractive
  • realistic
  • terminable

to reach them. Try it!