Do you want to know how to get what you want? It’s simple. Set goals.
Goals will help guide you to where you want to go.
However, it’s important that you have S.M.A.R.T goals. S.M.A.R.T goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results Oriented, and Time Specified.
Specific – Your goals should be specific. Instead of saying you want to lose weight, define how much weight you want to lose.
Measurable – You should be able to tell quickly and easily if you’ve met your goal. Develop a set of criteria that will be indicative of success or failure in meeting each of your goals.
Achievable – Set goals that are challenging but that are not incredibly difficult to achieve. Keep in mind that a challenging goal is motivating, but an impossible one is demotivating.
Results Oriented – Your goals should focus on the results you want to achieve, and not the activities you will undertake to get there. For example, “improved communication skills” is a result; “participating in a communication skills workshop” is an activity. It’s possible to complete activities and not achieve the desired result.
Time Specified – Set deadlines for achieving your goals. Well-developed goals come with time limits.
In additional to having S.M.A.R.T goals, make sure you do the following:
- Write down your goals.
- Make sure you set goals in each area of your life: health, financial, family, mental and spiritual.
- Make sure your goals don’t conflict with each other.
- Keep your goals with you
- List a reason you want to achieve each goal.
Once you have your goals set, do whatever it takes to achieve them!