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"Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them." ~ Orison Swett Marden

THE POWER OF GOAL SETTING!

The weekend is starting to wind down and a new week is around the corner. Have you started any short-term goals? Long-term?  Did you know that only about 5% of people in the world set goals and that they are among the wealthiest people in the nation? When you want to set out to accomplish something, believe in yourself, you CAN do it! However, you must know where you want to go, have a plan to get there, and monitor your progress along the way.

What are your goals? Pick up a pen and a piece of paper and write down the goals you would like to reach. SMART is a good acronym for the five characteristics of well-designed goals.

Specific: Be specific! When putting down your goals, you want them to answer the what, why, and how.  WHAT are you going to do? WHY is this important to do at this time, and HOW are you going to do it?

Measurable: Do your goals establish concrete criteria for measuring progress? When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goals. To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?

Attainable: When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. Goals you set which are too far out of your reach, you probably won’t commit to doing. Although you may start with the best of intentions, the knowledge that it’s too much for you means your subconscious will keep reminding you of this fact and will stop you from even giving it your best. A goal needs to stretch you slightly so you feel you can do it and it will need a real commitment from you.

Realistic: Your goals need to be set in a realistic manner folks. Let’s say for example you set a goal of acquiring one million dollars at this time next week Sunday by playing the lottery. How realistic is that outcome?? The goal needs to be realistic for you and where you are at the moment. Be sure to set goals that you can attain with some effort! Too difficult and you set the stage for failure, but too low and you’ll have difficulty sticking to your plan as the goal will not be a good motivator. Set the bar high enough for a satisfying achievement!

Timely: Set a timeframe for the goal: for next week, in three months…. Putting an end point on your goal gives you a clear target to work towards. If you don’t set a time, the commitment is too vague. It tends not to happen because you feel you can start at any time. Without a time limit, there’s no urgency to start taking action NOW. You  must make sure that the timeframe also be measurable, attainable and realistic.

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