The Survival Show Podcast - SMART Goals Outline + Worksheet Download: Season 3 Ep. 2

Download S.M.A.R.T. Goals Worksheet HERE

Welcome to THE SURVIVAL SHOW Podcast  - where it’s our job to take you step-by-step through the mindset, skills, tactics and gear you need to survive almost any crisis, emergency or disaster - AND show you how to use the lessons you learn - TODAY - to thrive in your life - TOMORROW.

I’m glad you joined us here today - as we pick up on where we left off last time with Obstacles to Accomplish your Survival Training and Life Goals - as we get into a simple system called SMART Goals that can help you  Achieve Your Dreams: Demolish Training and Preparedness Barriers - AND - Live a More Fulfilling Life. 

What Do You Need to Succeed in Accomplishing Anything Worthwhile?

  • Inspiration
  • Motivation
  • Will / Need
  • Plan

What Motivates Us to Action?


  • Mind
  • Will
  • Emotions

Positive and Negative Motivators (Marketing Uses these to Get you to Buy Stuff)

  • Fear Of: Failure - Missing Out - Harm - Becoming Old - Loss
  • Guilt
  • Greed / Want / Need
  • Love - Hate - Sex
  • Exclusivity / Pride
  • Desperation
  • Power / Glory
  • HIGHER Purpose - Duty / Honor / Responsibility - Self-Less Love


MISSION: Your mission guides the core of what you do and who you are. 

  • It’s important to consider that we are finite beings and have limitations in time and resources.  So we must prioritize what is most important. 
  • What, who is most important to you? 
  • What do you want to accomplish in your life?
  • What foundational core values that you live by that you are not willing to compromise. What is the source. Example: Bible
  • When you die, what do you want people to remember you for?
  • What legacy are you building that you can leave behind?

OBJECTIVE: General direction you want to go in. Outlines what you want be - or achieve in the future. Then set goals to achieve your objective.

Examples (Some too Broad Some Good): • To get my pilot’s license • To be a Blackbelt in Karate • To lose 5 pounds within two months so that I fit into my summer cloths better • To increase my disaster preparedness so that my family can comfortably survive for two weeks without electricity • To increase company sales by 20% in the next 12 months • To read the entire Bible through in a year.

** BEFORE YOU MOVE ON - Depending on your OBJECTIVE - you may find it helpful to run the idea past others you trust. A spouse, friend, mentor. They will likely ask you about things you have not - or do not want to consider. Getting the perspective of others is VERY WISE!

S.M.A.R.T. GOALS: S - Specific / M - Measurable / A - Actionable / Attainable / R - Relevant / T - Time Bound

S - Specific:

Keep Goals SIMPLE and Specific. If a goal gets complicated - break it down into smaller goals.

What is the goal? State what you will do.

Example: I will do my first overnight camp out in the wilderness on June 11th and 12th. 

M - Measurable:

How will you measure progress? Define success.

Example: I will pack on Friday and leave Friday afternoon. Hike 3 miles to camp. Set up and stay overnight. I will return and arrive home by Saturday night June 12th.

A - Attainable / Actionable:

Do you have the skills, resources, authority to attain the goal?

Example: I will ask Joe to help me prepare, pack and come with me on this trip. I will learn from Joe so that I can do this myself the next time and teach others. 

R - Relevant / Realistic:

Given time, money, skills and other constraints is this goal a priority and can I reach it?

Example: I will ask Joe to give me a list of the gear that I need and will budget to purchase equipment between now and the day we leave.

T - Time Bound:

A goal without a deadline is just a dream! Deadlines and time goals mark our progress and help us to assess where we are in the process of achieving a goal.

Example: Deadline: Prepare for trip the week before June 11th. Then leave  on June 11th.


  • Get Help - Involve others you trust in the planning and goal setting process.
  • Celebrate WINs! - Reward your progress. Provide incentives along the way. Give yourself some grace if needed - but not too much.
  • WRITE IT DOWN. We write down important things. Contracts - Bible - Constitution - Love Letters. This reminds us and provides intentional proof that we are commitment to accomplishing the goal.
  • PRINT IT and keep it before you. Set reminders etc.
  • SHARE IT - Share with someone you trust who will check in on you and see how you are doing. Call it accountability if you like.
  • DO IT - Set a goal. Start today.


  • We live in possibly the greatest time in all of history where anyone can achieve almost anything they set their heart and mind to.
  • Expect challenges along the way. Everything seems easier in our minds and on paper than it usually works out in reality.

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