S.M.A.R.T. Goals: A is for Achievable

A is for Achievable

If you started three posts ago, then you know where we are, otherwise, catch up here: Keeping a New Year’s Resolution.

Now that you know you can measure your progress and gauge your success, you need to determine whether your resolution is achievable.


If you’re one who never seems to follow through with your goals and resolutions, try simplifying them – in particular, shortening the time frame should make your goals easier to stick to. Try this a few times until you build up your success rate, then move back to your more complex goals that take longer to complete.

This stage of planning requires you to look at your goal with a critical, realistic eye. The key to successfully completing your goal is to not bite off more than you can chew.

For example, you might have received a massive project at work yesterday that you know will prohibit you from achieving your goal. To combat this, you might choose to lose 5kg in two months instead of 10kg. Alternatively, you can extend the time frame.


  • Is my goal reasonable?
  • Can I achieve my goal?
  • If I can’t achieve it, why not?
  • What can I do to make my goal achievable?


Next: S.M.A.R.T. Goals: R is for Realistic.


Image sourced from:

Wayne Williams. 2014. “possible.” Image. Accessed January 7, 2015. http://betanews.com/2013/12/31/my-achievable-tech-resolutions-for-2014-wayne/.


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