How to Make S.M.A.R.T.E.R Goals

Aidan Morgan
5 min readOct 14, 2019

Breaking down your goals will increase your chances of success.

Are you a high achiever? Are you constantly hungry for more? Striving to thrive in life with whatever your passion may be. Then you’re probably familiar with the concept of goal-setting, and how crucial it can be to achieving success.

But the term “goal” can mean so many different things. A goal can be something as simple as “I want to gain muscle,” or something as vague as “I want to make a difference.”

Phrasing a goal this way is dangerous. If the point of a goal is to achieve, then technically, you could gain muscle and make a difference in less than 48 hours. Go to the gym and break down muscle enough so that it needs to repair, eat enough calories to exceed the number of calories you burned, and buy someone less fortunate a nutritious meal. That would be gaining muscle, AND making a difference, but what significance would these “achievements” hold in 24 hours. None.

We don’t live for only 24 hours, in fact, we’re almost living up to a century now, and who knows what’s to come with the rise in popularity of wellness, self-care, and ethical living practices. We have so much time. And if I learned anything from reading/listening to the words of experts on long term thinking/strategy-people like; Warren Buffet, Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuck, & Seth Godin-its that compounding interest works in multiple areas of life. An ongoing series of small positive actions executed consistently with the right intent can have profound life-changing and world-changing effects.

I’ll be sure to write more about what I’ve learned from these individuals and their counterparts as time goes on.

That’s why having a short-term mindset when crafting your goals is a big mistake that poses dangerous consequences. For me, it has led to a false sense of accomplishment. A place in life where you feel busy, feel like you are achieving, but in reality, are not making any real lasting change. And when one is in that false state, deep down they know it.

To combat this, I’ve learned you must methodically and consciously approach the task of setting goals in a long-term mindset/strategy in mind. One of the best ways I found to do this was by adding structure that could not only keep me…

Aidan Morgan

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