Specific Goals - Make Your Goals Yours (And Achieve)

Specific goals - that is what we need. Know what we want and then we can go for it (or them) in a constructive and productive way.

Specific all the way

Specific goal setting is the first step along the SMART goal setting path to effective, productive and workable goal setting.


SMART stands for

  1. Specific
  2. Measurable
  3. Attainable
  4. Realistic
  5. Timely

follow the links to find out more about this approach to goal setting and how it can change your life.


What makes a goal specific?

Here we will talk about making specific goals. What this really means and how this can help us set our specific goals - and achieve them.

Our aim, goal or target should be

  • clear cut - at least we need to be clear about it
  • concrete - but not set in tablets of stone, unless we want it to be
  • possible to be categorised - if that helps to focus our attention
  • needs to be definite - and real for us
  • as detailed as possible
  • distinctive and not easily misunderstood or misrepresented
  • exact in our own mind - or as close as possible
  • explicit - stated and clear in our mind's eye
  • individual to us where ver possible
  • limited, but only from the viewpoint of clarity and understanding of what we are going for - not limited as in we can only see or achieve so much
  • particular to us - for we are the ones aiming for it, if not particular then go for something else
  • as precise as we can make it - down to color, size, and so on - if you cannot visualize it how can you aim for it?!
  • special and worth the effort for us to get off our sofas, and put the effort in and act
  • unique where we can - so that it really means something to us - this will help to motivate us

So if we specify what we want that will help us?

You bet. But how will this help? Let us think about a few things - they may make this all a bit clearer.

  • if you can define what you want will that not help you getting it?
  • if you can describe in fair detail what you want will that not create focus and direction for your efforts?
  • if you can add the details then this can help make your aim all the more real for you
  • do you not need to determine what you want as a starting position in trying to get it?
  • the sooner you can establish what you want the sooner you can start on the road to achieving it
  • if you can make it individual for you it will all the more meaningful for you
  • if possible itemize your task to break down the steps necessary for completion
  • list what you want - you'll be better able to visualize your success
  • name it - whatever it is - make your focus as sharp as possible
  • state your need and really mean it

tell another what you'll do, you'll be more likely to act if you've said you would.

So how real is this for you?

Make your aim real. Make it important for you to achieve. Put your heart into your efforts. Give a little of yourself in order to receive something in return.

But don't speculate

Speculate to accumulate - but you can do better than that.

  • be specific, clear and definite
  • define what you want as closely as possible
  • distinguish what you want from what you do not want
  • make it special - for you
  • find an affinity between you and what you want
  • be very particular about what you want - let it stand out for you
  • remedy lack of effort with specific and focussed goals and effort

Realize you can do it. You can make specific goals and work to achieving them. Be clear about what you want is one of the first steps to accomplishing your task(s).

Don't hang back. Here going for your something you have clearly specified and want will ease your journey and make your destination a happy and satisfying one.

Be specific and achieve. You know you can do it.


SMART stands for

  1. Specific
  2. Measurable
  3. Attainable
  4. Realistic
  5. Timely

follow the links to find out more about this approach to goal setting and how it can change your life.