By Christopher Simon
Are Your Goals SMART?
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” ~ Proverbs 21:5
Having meaningful goals is an important part of a happy, fulfilled life. We should always have some worthy goals to work towards, both in the short-run and the long-run.
If your goals are worth having, it helps to think about them systematically, and there is a nice acronym from the discipline of project management that can help in that regard. The acronym SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic (or Relevant), and Timely.
Specific goals are better than vague ones; “I want to give $10.00 to charity each week” is better than just saying you want to be more giving.
Goals that can be measured are easier to keep track of; better to keep a log of those weekly charitable contributions than to just guess at how much you’ve given. The goal should be both achievable and realistic. Don’t try to give $100.00 out of every paycheck to charity if you earn $300.00 a week.
And finally, your goals should be timely. That is, you should put a timeframe on your goals and it can also help if your short- and medium-term goals support your long-term goals. For instance, if one of your long-term goals is to leave a large sum of money to a favorite charity, then it will help to have short-term saving goals which support that.
God wants us to be happy, and one of the ways in which we can fulfill God’s plan is to make our goals align with His.