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Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are
made from something they have deep inside them- a
desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the
skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than
the skill. Successful professionals thrive in the same
manner. We all have natural talents. If we use that
talent to set our goal in life, we can easily get
success in life. We shall not achieve our goals if we
do not take action to achieve them.
Setting goals has two valuable assets - a sense
of originality and a stepping stone to illuminate the
path. Goals put one at the helm of life; pursuing
them acknowledges a better future situation. They
help to steer a course of life rather than simply
drifting along and letting things happen.
Setting goals may appear easy, but, for some, it
is quite challenging. Fear of failure may be avoided
in the absence of any goals. After all, one has to
decide what one wants to achieve in the end. To
accomplish goals, experts recommend a five step

SMART goals are a methodology of thinking
that helps people reach success. SMART stands for
specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-
SMART goals have a specific rubric:
Specific: Involves identifying a specific area for
improvement. The more specific the area, the more
refined the achievement of one’s goal can be. It
makes it easier to set parameters and work towards
the goal. For exaxmple, if it is building a house,
what exactly is the capacity required and how long
can it stretch?
Measurable: Quantifying goals provides specific
ways to track progress against goals. This makes it
easy to benchmark performance throughout the goal
period, including areas to improve. While playing football, one’s exact role and position has to be
clearly defined.
Achievable: Setting goals that can be completed
in the designated period of time. Often, these goals
may act like stepping stones to help meet broader
goals that further define a career. As students, we
can’t become a President, a Prime Minister, but can
hope to reach those heights in future.
Realistic: It is important to create goals that are
within one’s current skill set or area of expertise.
Building expertise takes time, so expecting to become
an expert in a short amount of time is unrealistic.
Being realistic will make it easy to be successful at
attaining goals. If defensive and not aggressive, the
goal perhaps lacks realism. We must have the clear
picture in mind and must have the ability to adhere
to that picture.
Time-bound: Establish time parameters around
each goal, as it will help increase focus and
accountability. To reduce weight we know how to go
about it. But without consistent time - bound action,
it never becomes a reality. It may be exercise, diet
and stress-free thoughts. All these have to be practised
and implemented without hesitation, doubt or
indifference, but within a deadline.
Visions, wishes, intentions and dreams are all
valuable. They spark off imagination and encourage
us to define where we want to reach. In order to get
there, however, we need to bring life images, down
to earth and plan to execute our strategies. The
quality and quantity of energy we put forth, directly
impact the results. Life is something like a trumpet.
If we don’t put anything in, we can’t get anything
Success is a walk in the dark. Finding the right
footing, precisely mastering the skills and getting to
the next place, all depend on how we approach and
tackle the problem. The best way to get from where
we are, to where we want to be is to find the footing
of our next step. When we take the next step, it
should support and hold us without a crack.

Be SMART English workshop

1. Complete the following web with the words associated with the text and the
given title.

of success

2. (A) Pick out examples from the text that support each of the following facts :
(a) Goals should be achievable.

(b) A time-limit should be set to achieve goals.
(c) A specific field/area has to be fixed to achieve goals.

(d) Good results depend upon the quality and quantity of work put in.
(e) A benchmark is needed to track progress.
3. Complete the following sentences.
(a) SMART goals are
(b) Two valuable assets of setting goals are
4. Read this quote.
‘If we don’t put anything in, we can’t get anything out.’ Guess the meaning.
Discuss in pairs and find similar quotes that bring in the same meaning.
(a) You reap as you sow
(b) Input is equal to output
5. Drafting a Speech. Discuss in groups each block and make notes about it.
How I Can draft an 
impressive speech?
Do I know the 
format ?
What is the 
systematic overall 
procedure to justify an 
impressive speech?
Which are the most 
important elements to 
be included ?
How to bring quality 
to your speech ?
How to start ?
What should be the 
size/length of the 
speech ?
What to write ? What are the relevant 
maxims ?

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