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29 Mar, 2011

Goal Setting with SMARTTIES

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Goal Setting with SMARTTIES

There are many different ways of setting goals, most people who have ever set a goal will have heard of SMART goals, while sitting having a coffee setting some goals for the New Year and having recently worked with a number of clients around setting goals it became clear that the SMART acronym didn’t cover all the bases for me.

So I decided to try and come up with an acronym that was a bit more comprehensive and then I saw something from the past. A packet of smarties left on the table next to me, I jotted down the word, started playing around with some ideas and came up with the following: SMARTTIES.

The following is a bit of fun for helping anyone interested in setting goals:

S is for specific – This is a Goal Statement, and should be a short paragraph of one or two sentences describing the goal.

M is measurable – This is a description of how to measure the goal; how can you tell when the goal is accomplished?

A is for achievable – This portion of the work sheet should go over what actions may be required to reach the goal, what obstacles may arise, and how such blocks can be handled and overcome.

R is for relevant – Why this goal? How is this important to you, and what benefits will come to you by reaching this goal? (“R” also stands for Realistic).

T is for timely – This is the section where you lay out your time line – there should be a definite start and end date and any milestones should have clearly defined parameters.

T is for treat yourself – This is as important as all the other steps to setting goals. You have taken action to achieve a desired goal, do something that makes you happy. You deserve it.

I is for inspiring – In order to achieve your goals they must ignite your spirit. They need to be “I want…!” goals. When identifying goals think of what you want to become, to achieve, to obtain and habits you want to stop or create.

E is for ethical – Your goal needs to be for your own good and the good of those around you, within the boundaries of the law and ethical standards.

S is for stretch – Your goal needs to stretch you slightly so you feel you can do it and it will need a real commitment from you. With each subsequent goal, stretch yourself even further to reach greater achievements. And, with each success you will believe in bigger accomplishments.

by John Dyter

10 Responses to "Goal Setting with SMARTTIES"

1 | David Finney

March 29th, 2011 at 3:17 pm


SMARTTIES are cool! Thanks John, I think the extra letters do add value to SMART while the ‘E’ connects well with the new wave of (corporate) social responsibility and hence could also cover our alignment with corporate, social and personal values.
Best wishes, David

2 | Linda Phipps

March 29th, 2011 at 7:53 pm


As a college lecturer I have had SMART goal setting rammed at me for years and never really ‘got it’ because to prove your students achieved goals (which you had to do!) you set goals (with their agreement?) that were very small and invariably reviewed months later when they had been totally forgotten ……. appologies to all those leacturers who set ‘proper’ SMART goals with their students……. this SMARTTIES idea is great …. treats and inspiration are just what are needed … A packet of Smarties will accompany me to my next tutorial!

3 | Sharon Lawton

March 30th, 2011 at 2:38 pm


I love the idea of setting goals around “Smartties” I think this idea would work really well with some of my clients too! It takes the whole thing to the next, but logical level in goal setting – great visual and creative idea to have a packet of smartties with you too!

4 | Linda Williams

April 1st, 2011 at 1:09 pm


I like this one, another SMART (SMERTIE) way of looking at things.

5 | Linda Williams

April 1st, 2011 at 1:27 pm


forgot to add, I dont like ‘How do you feel about that’? but I did like ‘ Leave your fingerprint in the world’. I think that one is magic.

6 | Sandie Shaw

April 2nd, 2011 at 1:45 pm


Treats always works a treat for me and my clients!

I’ll be trying out the additional and logical steps of SMARTTIES with my clients very soon.

Thanks for sharing John… aka Smarttie-pants (sorry, couldn’t resist it! :)

7 | Rose Evans

April 3rd, 2011 at 7:36 am


Nice one John, Put me in mind of the TV advert ‘Only Smarties have the answer’ (♫♪★ tune)
The key to achievement of any goal is motivation – to first fins a big enough WHY and then the HOW will take care of itself.
(“R” also stands for Risk).
Love & Smiles
Rose x ☆¨¯`♥ ¸.☆¨¯`♥ ¸.☆¨¯`♥

8 | Sarah Fraser

April 5th, 2011 at 4:01 pm


This is a great extension to SMART goal-setting! I always encourage my clients to reward themselves with ‘treats’ at key milestones along their path – it really helps with motivation. And of course setting a goal that’s ‘inspiring’ is also key for maintaining motivation. ‘Ethical’ goals tie in well with a client’s values, and ensuring enough ‘stretch’ prevents boredom setting in! Well done for refreshing this great, but perhaps rather tired, acronym!

9 | Harry

April 6th, 2011 at 7:05 am


That’s an interesting way to see SMART goal setting.

10 | Margaret Hazle

April 6th, 2011 at 10:30 am


Hi John
Thanks for sharing your creative insight into making Goal setting fun – I think this is a big element and what you have added is the ‘icing’ on the cake, so to speak, it has added more ‘colour’ too. There was a test done of freebie smarties at a networking event. One display bowl had smarties of just one colour, another had mixed colours. The bowl with just one colour of sweets didn’t get many taken from it but the mixed colours disappeared swiftly.
Isn’t that like life! When we add colour and choices, it seems we add fun?
I think you have added colour and fun to the SMART goal setting concept! Great thinking.

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