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4-H clover Make a S.M.A.R.T 4-H Project Goal

February 24, 2021

Goal setting is an important life-long Social Emotional Learning skill the helps you plan for your future. Goal setting can be both a fun and sometimes a daunting task. Consider using the S.M.A.R.T. goal formula to help you practice goal setting and find success in your next 4-H project.

Let’s break down the formula to learn more! What does S.M.A.R.T. mean?

  • Specific: Clearly identify the goal
  • Measurable: Define the goal in measurable terms 
  • Attainable: Choose goals that are realistic and manageable
  • Relevant: Make sure the goal is something that is important to you
  • Timebound: Define the time frame during which you will achieve the goal.

Here is an example on how you can take a 4-H project goal and transform it into a SMART goal!

  • Original goal- I want to do good in the Beef project this year.
  • Update SMART goal- I want to earn one Blue ribbon in the beef project at the 2021 4-H Summer Showcase.

Try this method with your next 4-H project! Let us know how it goes!


Courtney Johnson

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Itasca County



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