Everyone should have a goal in life. Goal Setting is the first step to you becoming successful in any endeavor you choose to pursue. When you set a target, and concentrate all your efforts in achieving that target, there is a power you feel inside you-goal power. This power makes you decisive and ultimately makes you successful. In fact having a goal or goals makes you powerful.
So what is a goal? a goal is something you plan to achieve e.g. have a 30 unit property in 2 years period. Whatever goal you set, you should make sure it is something that is achievable. Goals that sit and are not acted on, are simply dreams. Note that there is no real power in dreams unless they are acted upon.
Your goal should be Measurable, goals that are vague are hard to attain and are even harder to stick to. If there is no time limit, dollar amount, rank comparison, how will you know you have arrived? A good goal can be like to achieve a profit margin of $ 20000 per year.
Your goal should be Measurable attainable, have realistic and attainable goals otherwise they might never be acted on. Goals that are set too high can trigger feelings of failure if not attained. Goal setting requires you to be honest with yourself and reflect on what you want in life.
Goals need to pass the SMART test i.e.
- A-Agreed upon in writing
- T-Time activated
A goal that is not written down is a wish. You goal may evolve over time, Overtime as you are working to achieve your goal, your experiences will make you smarter. You may see things in a whole new dimension. Your goal may shift as a result of new awareness.
Make yourself accountable to somebody, goals are easier to attain when there are one or more people supporting and encouraging you at same time challenges you when necessary.
Setting your goal is certainly an important first step, but what you do after that really will define the level of success you will ultimately achieve. To achieve your goals, you can do the following:
- Stay focused
Communicate your goal clearly, if you share a well written goal this will put you in driver’s seat. After setting a clear, defined, measurable goal, you need to layout your plan to achieve it. This means that you need to draft a plan and set milestones so that you know when you’ve achieved important steps a long the way. Milestones maybe behavioral change to-do-list of financial freedom to-do-list
Every project brings obstacles with it therefore you need to persevere and drive through all obstacles while at the same time keeping your focus. Note that the more you get to achieving your goal, the more opportunities will come your way. Do not allow these opportunities steer you away from your goal. Focusing on your goal requires discipline on your part.
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Goals have to be clear, and in writing. If they aren’t in writing and reviewed on daily basis then they aren’t goals but wishes. Note that goal setting is not an option but a requirement for success.
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