Set SMART Goals
Specific – In order to be effective, goals must be precise. “I want to lose weight” is not as effective as “I want to weigh 135 pounds”. With the first statement, if you lose one pound, have your reached your goal? Probably not. The second statement is much more powerful.
Measurable – Establish concrete dates of when you want to achieve your goal. “I will weigh 135 by June 30, 2015” It helps to set short term goals as well to experience a sense of achievement that will spur you on.
Attainable – When you identify goals that are important to you, you start to figure out ways you can make them come true. You will develop skills, abilities and financial capacities to reach them. You start to see opportunities that you may have missed before.
You will see yourself as worthy of these goals and develop the traits that allow you to attain them.
Realistic – In order to be realistic, a goal must be something that you are able and willing to work toward. Only you can decide what this will be, but be sure to include a goal that will stretch you – one that will require you go grow to achieve.
Timely – A goal must be grounded within a time frame. If it isn’t there is no urgency. “Someday” is not adequate. So be certain to include a definite time frame