People set their goals differently, depending on their current situation, resources, physical capacity and other factors. You can, however, follow some guidelines to make sure that your goals are credible and achievable. Too many people seem to set their goals without having a realistic game plan, only to become disappointed. Here are some S.M.A.R.T tips for you.
Goals need to be specific, so that you know which part of the process you are currently working on and the particular ways you will achieve it. Most people have goals to get promoted, get rich, improve relationships and the like, but these are very vague and your mind can become confused about what you truly mean. General descriptions usually do not have boundaries, so you always leave room for mistakes and compromise. If you want results that you can be proud of, be specific.
To be specific, you need to include the full details. Write down something like, “I will earn three hundred and fifty thousand dollars in my business by September of this year.” or “I will be the top leader of the sales division by next week.” or “I want my relationship with my spouse to grow, we will go on weekly dates.” Include the names, the position, the amount, the date and everything else needed to train your mind to start working toward that goal.
Goals need to be measurable so that you can keep track of how well you are doing. To help measure your path and goal, you should include quantifiable details. For your job, you can include specifics such as the number of hours you are working, the amount you are earning, the staff you are managing, etc. For the goal of money, you can include details such as the amount you want to have as a whole or the number of companies or businesses you own. Always have important points and items to be measured so you can understand how close you are to achieving your goals. If your goal is to earn $30,000 a month, then you know you are halfway there if you’re already earning $15,000 a month.
Attainable vs Realistic
Only set goals that can possibly be accomplished. Some people set goals that are too high to reach, that they are almost setting up situations that are impossible. Make sure you only set objectives that you can reach within a given amount of time, provided the current resources and capabilities you have. Some examples of impossible goals are doubling your salary overnight, getting a promotion higher than your boss’s position, etc. Some goals can be achieved faster compared to others if you have the right tools and strategies already in place. Always include a strategic plan for big objectives.
Set “lifelines” to achieve your goals. I don’t like the word deadline, I prefer lifeline. Stay specific when setting timelines and schedules. For example, indicate things like “To spend at least 1 uninterrupted hour talking with my spouse everyday starting tomorrow (indicate exact date and year)”. Setting the exact time and date will spur you to start working on your goals, instead of putting it off for another day and procrastinating. Some goals can take years to accomplish so it is wiser to break these down into smaller objectives, still complete with lifelines.
You are worthy of achieving your goals so always remember to be S.M.A.R.T while getting them done.
We live in an environment where we have been conditioned to think small, simplify our lives and to overall expect and demand less from life. The world tells us that “whatever will be, will be” and that “fate” is in complete control of our destinies. So forget those big dreams, and forget striving for a better life. Be resigned with what you have.
But I am here to declare, “Don’t let the words of others limit your vision. Do and Be YOU!”
I once read somewhere, as an experiment, someone put two advertisements in the newspaper. Both were for the same job with the exact same job description, but one of them offered to pay a salary that was double the one of the other. Strangely, about ten times more people applied for the lower paying job. Yet, the world tells us that there is too much competition for the top spots in life. This experiment clearly disproves that. It’s NEVER ok to settle for an unsatisfying or unpleasant status quo.
People are taught to think small. And that is why they fail. The size of our success is limited only by the size of our thinking. “If you let fear run through you unchallenged, it can prevent you from thinking productively. Big thinking rewards action: always has and always will.
You can have anything you want, but you have to believe that you can achieve it. There is no one who can hinder or stop the firm resolve of a determined soul. The problem with most people is that they believe that there isn’t enough to go around and so they must not take more than their fair share. But, money and success do not run out. All things are possible to those who believe.
So many people feel trapped in their lives of tiny dreams, of getting by, of constantly craving more and yet thinking themselves undeserving of more. Is this how you want to live your life? Open your mind, your imagination, expand the size of your thinking and your drive for success and get to work. Will there be challenges? Absolutely. A detour is not a change in the destination. It’s just an alternate route to get there. Keep going! Will people doubt you? Absolutely. When people doubt you, just say: “Father forgive them for they know not what they do. And when you prepare my table in the presence of my enemies, make sure they get the best seat in the house.” Think big and make those dreams happen!