The kinds of goals that are easiest to achieve are called SMART goals. 

SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely. 

 SMART goals - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely

If you set a goal that is When you have a lot of information about something and it is clear. Example: When a goal is specific, you know when you want to start, who will support you, and what you want to do.specific you know the answers to:   

  • Who is going to support you to reach your goal? 

  • What do you want to do?

  • When do you want to start?

  • Where will you start? For example, your goal might be something you can do at school or at home. 

Some examples of specific goals are:   

  • I want to study Psychology at La Trobe University. This is more specific than a goal like ‘I want to go to university.’ 

  • I want to get a part time job at a shop in the suburb where I live. This is more specific than a goal like ‘I want to get a job.’ 

When you can see the progress you have made. For example: When you know you have reached a goal or you are getting closer to it.Measurable means that you know when you have reached your goal, or if you are getting closer. 

Some examples of measurable goals are:  

  • Going to the movies 2 times a month. This is more measurable than ‘See more movies.’ 

  • Practice driving 3 times a week. This is more measurable than ‘Get good at driving.’ 

Something that you can do. A goal is achievable if you can do it. Example: 'Fly like a bird' is not an achievable goal because humans cannot fly.Achievable means that your goal is not impossible, you can actually do it. 

Some examples of achievable goals are:  

  • Getting your driving licence when you are old enough.

  • Getting a job at your local cafe.

About a certain thing. Example: If a goal is relevant to your NDIS plan, it has to support you.Relevant  means that it is a goal that will support you. 

Some examples of relevant goals are:  

  • Writing a resume if you want to get a job. 

  • Driving lessons if you want to get your driver's licence. 

If a goal is timely, then you have a day you want to start it, and a day you want to finish or reach it.Timely means that you have a start date for your goal and an end date for when you want to reach it. 

Some examples of timely goals are:  

  • By 30 April I want to sit my driving test. 

  • I want to have a job by the end of this year.

When you put all of these things together, an example of a SMART goal is:

  • I want to start my Psychology degree at La Trobe University's Melbourne campus in March 2021. I want to study part-time.

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