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!
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Itasca County