• Attainable – when you identify goals that are important to you, you begin to decide ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitude, abilities, skills and financial capacity to reach them.
• Realistic – a goal must represent an objective toward which you are willing and able to work with. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished.
• Time Related – a goal must have a target date. If you have the goal to lose weight, buy a house or to make a million dollars, but don’t set a timeline for it, it won’t be motivating. A deadline too far in the future is too easily put off. A goal that’s set too close is not only unrealistic, but also discouraging.
Kathy Smith is a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Parker County. Contact her at (817) 598-6168 or email@example.com.