Look closely at anything you've achieved in your life and you'll discover that there was probably a thoroughly planned and well executed goal behind it. Some reasons goals are achieved: Clarity, Responsibility, Motivation, and Focus. You do have to be SMART. This step-by-step guide to setting and achieving your goals discusses S.M.A.R.T. goal setting that is Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented/Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Based.