This is part 1 in our series on the Things Successful People Do I Learned from Steve Harvey.

The best way to set yourself up for success is to create and pursue goals that are SMARTSpecific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.  Using this formula insures that you move beyond just setting goals to actually making them happen. Here are each of the 5 steps in details;


SPECIFIC.  When you take the time to determine your goals you set yourself up to win as goal definition provides direction you need to succeed. To make sure your goals are specific, you must answer these questions;

  • WHO: Who do you need to participate to reach this goal (including yourself)?
  • WHAT: What is the exact goal? Be as specific as possible. Rather than “make more money in my business” being specific would look like, “I will generate $10,000 in the next quarter”.  Or instead of “getting healthy” it would be “I will go to the gym 3 times a week.”
  • WHEN: Set the date you will start and the date you plan to reach your goal
  • HOW: What are the specific action steps you need to take to make your goal happen?  If you want to make $10,00 in the next quarter you might list something like: I I will create an online program and I will create a launch that will nurture people to the sale at the end of the quarter.   And even write out all the details of your launch with dates and what happens on what day.

MEASURABLE.  Now that you have written out all your actions steps into specifics details to reach your goal, next you must track your progress. After all, if you don’t have any way to measure what you have done, how will you know when you’ve reached it?

ATTAINABLE.  You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals, you build your I can do muscles. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop YOU in the process which allow you to go after your dreams.

REALISTIC . It’s good to think big, but it’s also important that you don’t set a goal that is too big to even be possible. Keep in mind, a goal should stretch you not stress you. You definitely want to be moving out of your comfort zone but make sure you aren’t setting yourself up for failure by moving into the impossible. So, if you plan to rebrand your website but don’t have the money in your budget, that goal wouldn’t be attainable for you so maybe you set the goal to save the money to do it first.  Does that make since? A goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work toward.

TIMELY.  The goals you set MUST have a timeline.  If you don’t put a deadline on your goal, it will be difficult to make a plan on how you will reach it. Every goal should have a date, which will  help you stay focused and on track. In addition, set benchmarks, so you can see each step you are making toward the goal. 

As you move toward your goals, no step is too small so make sure you celebrate yourself along the way.   Celebrate the progress you ARE making and setting yourself up to win using the SMART goal process really does give you a better chance of making your goals possible and real in your life.

So take some time to set S.M.A.R.T. Goals for yourself, print your FIERCE Factor Lab Goal Worksheet by CLICKING HERE  to start to create & pursue your own S.M.A.R.T. goals today!


Best Selling Author, Speaker and CEO of FIERCE Factor Lab, Nicole Roberts Jones is known for her ability to draw the best out of entrepreneurs, corporate executives, heads of states & celebrities through her expertise in business, program and talent development.   As the creator of the FIERCE Formula Nicole works with entrepreneurs to develop multiple streams of income building an empire from their expertise.  To learn more and for updates on her programs or services join her mailing list at