I was invited by the Police Athletic League (PAL) to be a “Woman of Inspiration” and speak to girls between the ages of 10 and 13.  The topic was Goal Setting and the importance of having a strategic plan to reach those goals.

We discussed what a SMART goal was and held a mini-workshop to help narrow their focus on reaching their goal as efficiently and effective as possible.

For those that don’t know what a SMART goal is, it means the following:


First, start by listing the goal (in as few words as possible), then be SMART by doing the following:

S – Specific: How will you reach your goal?  List as many details as possible about your goal (who, what, when, where and how).

M – Measurable:  How will you know you’ve reached your goal?

A – Attainable:  How will you find time to reach your goal?  What other resources do you need to reach your goal?

R – Relevant:  Why do you want to reach this goal?

T – Time-Bound:  What is the exact date you plan achieving your goal?

When I met the PAL girls, I thought that I would be teaching them something, but they’ve taught me things (and reminded me of things) as well:

  • It’s never too early (or too late) to set (SMART) goals
  • Goals without plans are just wishes
  • It’s better to have a “strategic” plan than to just “wing it”
  • It’ never too late to set BIG goals for yourself as long as you set a SMART goal to reach it
  • No one can reach your goals for you but YOU!

Thank you to PAL for allowing me to share my expertise and experiences of Goal Setting with the PAL kids!

This workshop is available for others.  If you are interested in a one-or-one consultation or group workshop, please click here to contact me.

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