3.9 Key Terms

attainable (achievable) goal: goals that are reasonable and within your ability to accomplish. 3.3

goal: a specific end result you desire. 3.3

goal setting: a method used to accomplish tasks and stay motivated. 3.3

long-term goals: goals that may begin with graduating college and everything you want to happen thereafter. 3.2

measurable goal: a goal that has clearly defined outcomes that are detailed enough to measure and can be used for planning how you will achieve the goal. 3.3

midterm goals: goals that involve plans for the current year and the time you plan to remain in college or at your current job. 3.2

personal values: the things that are important to you and motivate you in your personal and work life. 3.6

relevant goal: a goal that applies to the specific situation. 3.3

short-term goals: goals that focus on today and the next few days and perhaps weeks. 3.2

S.M.A.R.T.: an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. 3.3

specific goal: a goal that is defined enough to actually determine the goal. 3.3

step-by-step action plan: a simple plan that outlines each step that is necessary to complete a task. 3.3

time-bound goal: a goal with a specific set time frame in which it must be achieved. 3.3


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