SMART Goals Part #2: “S” for Specific

If you missed the first post in this series you may want to check it out before you read this one, while it doesn’t contain any information you can’t get here it does explain the importance of making your goals SMART and sets you up for the series as well as including an exercise we’ll use throughout the SMART goals posts. You can read that post here.

So you’ve gotten some goals written down, good! Now we need to talk about the first letter in the acronym SMART, which stands for Specific. We want to make sure that your goals aren’t to broad, or to general, to be realistic to be accomplished. Here is an example:

I want to get better at guitar

That’s great. What do you mean better? Play a couple notes? Be able to Strum or Finger Pick? Or play a couple songs? This is why you need to be Specific. “I want to play guitar” may mean something different to each and every person who reads that statement. Try this on for size:

I want to play 2 songs on the guitar

Better! Now you know what you are going for, what you’d consider a success! A good guideline to make sure goals are specific are to follow the old rule about the 5 “W”s. Answer who, what, where, when and why and you will have a very specific goal. Even if you can only define one of the W’s once you combine them with the other four letters in the acronym you’ll have a very SMART goal.

So go back to the goals you’ve written down and make sure each one is Specific. Obviously there are four more letters and so this goal is not yet complete, but it’s a great start!

Talk to you next time for our discussion on making your goals “M”easurable

-Tyler