If you are reading this, I already know a few things about you.
You are a person who takes action. You are curious, always searching for new ways to improve yourself and your daily routine. Lastly, you are a person who has a desire to achieve.
Does this sound correct?
If you have been following along, last week I talked about the first habit to achieve a more successful future. Time management.
Keep Habit #1 in mind as we continue into habit two this week.
Habit #2 for a more successful future: Goal setting.
You may have heard the acronym, “SMART,” when talking about goal setting.
I like this acronym a lot because it simplifies the process of goal setting that can often be difficult to get started on.
Here is what S.M.A.R.T. stands for:
S – Specific:
You want your goal to be clear and concise. If the goal is too broad or vague, it will be difficult to understand and pursue
M – Measurable:
Your goal must have a timetable attached to it. Otherwise, you will not know if or when you have achieved the goal.
A – Achievable:
This is important. As I stand today, just over six feet tall and 170 lbs., I could not set a goal for myself to play in the NFL as a defensive end. This is not achievable for me.
R – Relevant:
Your goal must be relevant to your life situation. Think of it this way, if you have a goal to become a physician, your goals must line up with that plan.
T – Timely:
Always attach a deadline to your goal. By doing this, you will stay focused and motivated toward achieving it.
Pretty simple, right?
This easy-to-implement acronym for goal setting has been used successfully by many people.
There is another important facet to goal setting that often gets glanced over, but is probably the most effective tool for predicting future achievement of the goal.
You must have your goals written down.
A research study done by Harvard University proved that those who had their goals written down were 10x more successful than those who simply kept their goals floating around in their heads.
Obviously, a written goal by itself does not make you successful. Goals must be acted upon, daily. If you wish to achieve something, you must pursue it consistently.
So, what can you do today to improve upon the goals you have set for yourself?
A new piece of knowledge or a new skill will only stay in the brain for 24-48 hours if you do not act on it.
I know that you, Reader, are a person of action. Begin today making specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely goals that are written down.
So, do you have questions? Interested in learning more? We are here to help!
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Check back in next week to learn about Habit #3 to start building toward your personal success.