"I Want to Get Better at English" is Not a Goal

Learn English Goals

I want to get better at English is not a goal.

I wish it were.

If having this thought were all that were needed, we would all be masters of English and many other languages I’m sure!

Why isn’t “I want to get better at English” a goal?

It’s not S.M.A.R.T.

I don’t mean smart; I mean S.M.A.R.T.

Perhaps you have heard of the S.M.A.R.T. philosophy introduced decades ago. It’s an acronym (a set of letters with each letter having a specific meaning). In order to be a S.M.A.R.T. goal, any goal that you set for learning a language must have the following characteristics:

Your goal must be SPECIFIC.

For example, instead of saying, “I want to get better at English,” your goal should be something like, “I want to be able to give a 5-minute presentation about a topic on which I consider myself an expert in front of an audience of 5 people.”

Do you see and feel the difference?