Go­ing for Goal

Goals are a way for us to take small steps to­wards our dreams. Edgar Tham, who co-wrote the book, Men­tal Tough­ness Strate­gies of the World’s Great­est Ath­letes ($30, from Books Ki­noku­niya), shares the S.M.A.R.T way of goal-set­ting.

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SPE­CIFIC

Your goals should be spe­cific, not gen­eral. Say­ing “I will do my best” is en­cour­ag­ing, but in­ef­fec­tive as a goal

– it’s vague and im­pos­si­ble

to mea­sure.

MEA­SUR­ABLE

When your goals are mea­sur­able, they help you stay on track and see how much fur­ther you need to push on to meet

your tar­gets.

ACHIEV­ABLE

The goals should be pos­si­ble to at­tain within a cer­tain pe­riod of time – they should not be just a pipe dream.

RE­AL­IS­TIC

Know your ca­pa­bil­i­ties and be re­al­is­tic about

them. If your

goal seems too chal­leng­ing, break it down into minigoals to make the im­pos­si­ble

pos­si­ble.

TIME-BASED

Set a date to at­tain your goals and con­sci­en­tiously work to­wards it – iden­tify how much time you need to reach them and map out a strat­egy to

get there.

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