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As the 4-H year draws to an end, it is time to start contemplating plans for the upcoming year. School is in session, fall sports have begun and the sudden question of “Where do we go from here?” begins. The answer to the question is simple. It is goal development time. What is it that you want to achieve in the upcoming 4-H year? And most importantly, how are you going to make it happen?

Goal development can be summed up in one simple word “S.M.A.R.T”. As you set down to plan and develop goals for your upcoming 4-H year make sure they are:

  • S- Specific. Make sure the goal states specifically what it is that you want to achieve.

  • M- Measurable. Can the goal’s success be measured?

  • A- Attainable. Is it attainable?

  • R- Realistic. Is the goal possible? Can it be reached?

  • T- Time Bound. Does your goal have a time table?

These are all important elements to consider when setting goals for your future programs and projects. We all want success for our 4-Her’s and communities so let’s plan ahead and make sure our goals are S.M.A.R.T.

To assist with your planning, you can download the 4-H  S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting Template.

Further information on goal setting can be also found from your local 4-H Youth Program Advisor, 4-H Field Specialists, or the State 4-H office. You can also visit the Official 4-H Website.

Part two of this series will cover the importance of writing an action plan.

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