Being able to fully visualize your goal is very important. It expresses fully, in every part of your being, what you really and truly want. Realize these goals by being SMART.
SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely.
- Goals are not written in generalities, they are written to a certain objective. They must be clear and concise.
- There is a saying, “What gets measured gets done.” Obtaining a goal requires a list of tasks and milestones, and a way to measure both progress and success. If nothing is measured, then there is no constraint, no feeling of urgency, no pressure. Ergo, no progress.
- Getting a goal to go from coach potato to a 4 minute mile in 6 weeks is beyond unreachable. Set goals that doable, even if they are accomplished quickly. Just set a new goal and keep moving the bar. Set smaller goals in line to met a larger objective. Set reward points at milestones to keep yourself motivate.
- Along with attainability comes relevance. Setting a reachable goal of eating less food when you are trying to increase sales has little relation. How does the reaching of the smaller goal help in obtaining the larger? Perhaps a better goal is generating more leads or better quality leads. Maybe less time spent “shooting the breeze” or working on your mindset, those are far more relevant.
- Placing a goal so far out makes the goal have less value. Again no urgency is provided and no pressure will be felt. Place a date on delivery. Commit to it. The time frame must be balanced with the attainability.
Learn to use SMART in building your goals. Set several related goals out. Measure progress to them and do them in a timely fashion. Balance your expectations and increase your efforts. You can reach them.