How You Can Set SMART Goals for 2023

Did you know 91% of people don’t reach their New Year’s goals? Dive into how SMART goals for nurses may increase your potential success.
  • SMART is an acronym that stands for goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and happen within a specified time frame.
  • SMART goals create a structure that increases your potential to achieve your goal.
  • Nurses might consider writing professional SMART goals influenced by the market events of 2022 or the expected trends in 2023, such as an increased number of NP-led practices.

Did you know that 91% of people who make New Year’s resolutions don’t achieve their goals? Research shows most people throw in the towel by January 19. But the 9% who are successful pursue their goal with relentless passion. In other words, they want it badly.

The people who achieve their goals have another secret — they know what goals to set and how to structure them to increase the chances they succeed. They develop SMART goals.

Find out why setting SMART goals for nurses can be an important strategy to lay the groundwork for professional development and tracking your progress.

What Are SMART Goals?

According to 1994-2015 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 20% of small businesses fail in the first year, and 65% fail by year 10. Your nursing career is a little like a small business. To advance your career, you must be intentional in managing your career.

Creating SMART goals is a foundational strategy that can support goal achievement. Before writing your SMART goals, let’s review what they are.

SMART is an acronym to help you remember each part of writing structured goals.

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Written by Gayle Morris