We all have goals. In fact, goal setting is an important process. If you have a strong commitment, then your goal is the map to your success. When we have goals, and are then able to meet those goals, we experience a great sense of accomplishment. This often pushes us forward to wanting to meet an even greater goal. But how do we set goals to maximize our opportunity for success?
First, you need to look at your life in a more strategic way. Think about what you really want out of life. If your goals are not congruent with what you want, then achieving that goal won’t have much meaning for you. And what would be the point of that? If your goal doesn’t fit your life, you’re not going to be passionate about it and are less likely to follow through.
A strong goal is a SMART one. Goals should be:
Specific – The goal should have a direct link to something you want to accomplish. It’s clear cut and finite.
Measurable – The goals should have a metric or milestone so that it’s clear when you have reached the goal.
Achievable or Attainable – The goal needs to be something that is within your capacity, though it should certainly be something that stretches you.
Relevant – The goal has to matter or make a difference to you. This will cause you to be motivated to stick with it.
Time-bound – The goal should include a specific amount of time within which you’re aiming to achieve it.
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