Success Plan: SMART Goals

I‘m a big believer in setting goals. My mentor taught me this skill at the early age of 12. Goals give us a sense of direction and purpose and help us stay motivated. I use the SMART framework to set my goals as Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

Specific: Goals should be clear, well-defined, and unambiguous. Instead of setting a vague goal like ” improve my career,” a specific goal would be “earn a promotion to a managerial position within my current department.”

Measurable: Goals should have quantifiable criteria that allow us to track progress and determine when they have been achieved. For example, if the goal is to increase sales, a measurable goal is to “ increase monthly sales by 10% within the next quarter.

Achievable: Goals should be realistic and attainable. While it’s essential to aim high, setting goals far beyond our capabilities can lead to frustration and demotivation. An achievable goal might be “complete a marathon within the next year” if you have been consistently running and training for shorter distances.

Relevant: Goals should be aligned with our broader objectives and aspirations. They should be relevant to our values, priorities, and long-term vision. For instance, if your long-term goal is to become a published author, an appropriate goal is to “ complete the first draft of my novel within the next six months.

Time-bound: Goals should have a specific timeframe or deadline for completion. This helps create a sense of urgency and provides a timeline for tracking progress. For example, a time-bound goal could be ” attend three professional development workshops within the next six months.”

I’ve found that using the SMART framework to set my goals has helped me achieve more personally and professionally. I am more likely to stay motivated and on track when I set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals. I also find tracking my progress and celebrating my accomplishments easier when my goals are SMART.

My Personal Mission, Vision, and Goals

Everyone has a unique purpose in life. My goal [particular purpose] is to use my knowledge and skills to help others. I want to positively impact my sphere of influence and leave it a better place than I found.

I have developed a personal mission statement and vision to achieve my purpose. My mission statement is:

To use my knowledge and skills to help others and positively impact the world.

My vision is:

To create a world where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

I have also set SMART goals to help me achieve my mission and vision. My goals are:

  • Volunteer my time. This allows me to give back to my community and make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Write and publish my second book. This will allow me to share my knowledge and experience with others and help them more meaningfully.
  • Start a podcast. This will allow me to share my knowledge and skills with others and inspire them to achieve their goals.

I am confident that I can achieve my mission and vision by setting SMART goals and working hard to achieve them. I am excited to see the future and grateful for the opportunity to make a difference.

I encourage you to develop your mission, vision, and goals. 

It is a powerful way to focus your energy and achieve your dreams.

If you want to achieve more, I encourage you to use the SMART framework to set your goals. It’s a simple but effective way to set yourself up for success.

SMART goals are more likely to help you stay motivated and on track. You are also more likely to achieve your goals because they are realistic and achievable.

Here are a few tips for using the SMART framework to set your goals:

  • Make them specific. What exactly do you want to achieve?
  • Make them measurable. How will you know when you have reached your goal?
  • Make them achievable. Are you setting yourself up for success?
  • Please make them relevant. Are your goals aligned with your values and priorities?
  • Make them time-bound. When do you want to achieve your goal?

By applying the SMART framework and these tips, you will be well on your way to setting and achieving your goals.

Enjoy your journey! 


Diane Carter
Diane Carter
Diane Carter has over 30 years of expertise in branding, marketing, training, leadership, and management. Working with entrepreneurs, small business owners, and global corporations has sharpened her skills and abilities. Diane's ultimate life goal is to keep her creativity flowing, believing it's the key to her happiness. An avid reader since the age of 12, Diane's mentor, a successful speaker, and trainer started her down a path of self-discovery. Zig Ziglar, Norman Vincent Peale, and Dale Carnegie were the authors who shaped her early days. Today, authors like Brandon Burchard, Tony Robbins, John Maxwell, and Mark Batterson light her path. As a result, she is in constant pursuit of self-discovery and growth. Diane is dedicated and passionate about helping others reach their full potential. Her desire to share her knowledge, skills, and expertise sets her apart. Whether through coaching, mentorship, or speaking, Diane always seeks ways to lift others and help them succeed. She believes that when we support one another, we create a stronger and more resilient community.  Diane's commitment to empowering others lead her to self-published her first eBook, "Creating Change: Innovate. Adapt. Thrive," in 2023. It highlights the importance of your thoughts and self-talk, helping you take control of them to transform negative patterns into positive ones. Diane believes you can overcome obstacles and reach your full potential with the right mindset. "Our life's journey is one of self-discovery; the only limit to our tomorrow is our doubts today. We must overcome those doubts to create the future we desire."  Diane is hard at work on her second eBook, set to be released in 2024. Download your free copy of "Creating Change: Innovate. Adapt. Thrive.," at In addition, learn more about Diane by visiting or contacting her at [email protected].

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