Just to reiterate, in relation to personal development, a goal is an accomplishment and goal setting is a means to accomplishing the goal. The journey towards a goal begins when one desires to accomplish something they do not currently have or have, yet want to increase what they currently possess.
The seriousness of taking the journey begins when you pen down your goals. However putting pen to paper is quite a challenge for many. This can be made much easier if you have a good understanding of the key characteristics of a good goal.
Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely and Tangible, or SMARTT, are time tested characteristics of a good goal.
These are better understood with an example.
Consider the following example of a SMARTT goal - “I want to train 3 to 5 times a week, in the gym, house or neighborhood, for 4 months starting May 20, 2012, so I can take part in a local 5K race and finish in under 30 minutes, in October, 2012, because I value my Health”
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