You are probably familiar with the goal setting process taught at goal setting courses: SMART goal. The approach I’m going to write about is a little bit different. The process is called SMARTER goal. Why smarter? Because it’s smarter than SMART. Let’s look at what SMARTER stands for.

S stands for specific. You goal must be as specific as possible. Write a goal that is very specific. Not "I want to be rich and famous". Be specific, for example, "I am so happy and grateful now that I earn X amount of money and more per month as of ". The second statement is much more specific.

M stands for motivational. Your goals should motivate you. You want your goal to inspire you because if your goal is not motivating, you’ll abandon it at the first obstacle. The bigger your goal, the bigger your obstacle is going to be. When you hit an obstacle, you’re going to abandon your goal because big goals have big obstacles. If your goal is not motivational enough, then you will begin to see the obstacle, not the goal. Which one is bigger? Is the obstacle bigger or is the goal bigger? If the goal is big enough, you will not see the obstacle. Napoleon Hill said, "I only see my goals. All obstacles must give way."

A stands for actionable. The goal has to be actionable, which means there are some actionable activity that you can do. There is something that you can execute. If you cannot take actions, you cannot act on it, nothing can come. Nothing can happen. Because in this three dimensional world, you have to take action!

R stands for result-oriented. If there are no results, you cannot measure. You don’t know how close or how far you are to the goal. The only way to measure the goal is there has to be some form of results.

T stands for time frame. There has to be a time bound. There must be a certain time frame for you to achieve this goal. If there is no time frame, it is not a goal. It is called a dream. What's the difference between a goal and a dream? A goal is a dream with a deadline.

E stands for ecology test, meaning that it must pass the ecology test. You have to test your goal to see that it is ecologically sound. You have to test your goals against 5 impacts on 5 aspects of your life. Ask yourself:

1) If I were to achieve my goal, what is the impact on me?
2) If I were to achieve my goal, what is the impact on my family?
3) If I were to achieve my goal, what is the impact on my community?
4) If I were to achieve my goal, what is the impact on my country?
5) If I were to achieve my goal, what is the impact on the environment?

Finally, R stands for reasons. The reasons you want this goal. You had better have reason. Whether you achieve this goal or not may depend on your reasons. When you decide on a goal, you are deciding on the what. The how is decided by a power greater than you. The why (your reasons) will determine whether you will achieve your goals.

Author's Bio: 

Liza Othman owns a personal development website, More about how to achieve goals in all 8 areas of your life at