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Do You Know the Other Meaning of SMART?

November 24, 2010 | In: Business

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines ’smart’ as being ‘characterized by acute quick thought’. Even so, lately, personal development strategies have assigned a new meaning because the acronym S.M.A.R.T covers a proactive technique to make positive changes. Every single goal might be filtered through an S.M.A.R.T system, which will guide your actions and behavior. In order to reach easier and faster your plans follow the meaning of each step as every letter stands for a wiser approach of all issues you deal with:

  • S signifies specific

From the very beginning, you need to define your expectations, meaning that you need be very specific. Usually, setting up your goals helps you stick to the plan and prevents successfully unhelpful digressions. Minor details are extremely useful only because they narrow the filter and we know exactly what we are looking for.

  • M signifies measurable

We need to assess the progress regarding our skills and to establish a measuring system.

  • A signifies achievable

Negative approaches might ruin your plans; thus, you must envisage your goals as being achievable. Set your standards objectively in order to deflect gaps between reality and personal expectations.

In order to simplify your path, regroup and restructure your endeavor by setting secondary goals as part of a general goal.

  • R signifies reward

Assign a certain value or a reward to every accomplishment your reach. Rewards are extremely motivating and seek efficiently your eagerness.

  • T signifies time

Time has a profound role in the way we organize our activities. Time should not be considered a restrictive factor when we deal with deadlines, on the opposite, it makes us look for shortest pathway towards our goals and keep our energy centered on significant issues.


Mike is the editor of this article, but he also started a new project about 360 degree performance appraisal. The web address for this project is www.360degreeperformanceappraisal.org.

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