The outcome that you want to achieve is expressed in explicit, concise, and precise language. A specific goal answers questions such as what, who, how, and how much.
Achievement of the goal can be assessed in a concrete and objective manner. A measurable goal specifies quantitative and/or qualitative results.
All parties involved in achieving the goal concur about the stated outcomes and methods. An agreed upon goal is essential for success in a team environment and acknowledges explicit partnerships.
The goal is manageable and attainable. A realistic goal reflects consideration of other goals, available resources, and organizational priorities.
The goal is both timely to the needs of the organization and achievable in the time allotted. A time-framed goal can be translated into an action plan with milestones, timelines, and deadlines.