Goal Setting

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Goal setting "define your direction"

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You set the scale of time, but examples could include the following:

1. Short-term –  things you would like to accomplish in a semester length of time

2. Long-term – goals applicable until your college graduation, or 5-10 years into the future

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Stop watch vs Calendar



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Your goals in both the short and long term should be characterized by the acronym SMART.




S – Specific – Your goal should be as descriptive as possible, utilizing the classic questions of, “who, what, where, when, why, and how.”

M – Measurable – By the end of your time frame, what metrics will you use to say you accomplished your goal.  Data is the key here.

A – Achievable – This should be a measure of how reasonable it is to accomplish your goal.  Set the bar high enough to challenge and grow yourself.

R -Relevant – Your goal should pertain to the bigger picture of where you want your life to go in connection with God’s will.

T – Time-bound – Set an end date for when you want the goal to be accomplished.

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Use this worksheet to practice writing out some of your goals.  Remember, they can be in any area of your life—academic, spiritual, relationships, physical, etc.  Here are a few examples, and non-examples, of goal writing.

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NOT SMART: I want to get better grades.

SMART: By the end of this semester, I want to improve my GPA by 0.5 by using the ALPHA Center for my papers and finding a tutor for my Biology class at the beginning of the semester.


NOT SMART:  I’m going to get involved at my church.

SMART:  By the end of this year, I will join a small group that meets on Wednesdays at church and attend 90% of the weeks.  On Sundays I will become a leader for 3rd-grade student ministries.


NOT SMART: I’m going to run a marathon

SMART:  I will run the Twin Cities marathon in 3 hours 45 minutes, by using the training program offered by the Shoreview Community Center that meets every week from now to the marathon date.


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How will you reach your goals?