Setting SMART goals

When you think about what you want for your life, do you also give attention to the specifics that will help you attain your goals?

These detailed thoughts or actions don’t have to be taken all at once, and are in fact best approached as stepping stones that build upon each other, helping you realize whatever it is in your life in a doable manner.

Goals are simply checkpoints along the way to success, as you define it, with each of them maintaining an important presence in your mind at all times. Ultimately, your goals will finally be seen as the result of continued focus and intention.

We can break down goals into short-term goals for the day, week, or month, or even longer milestones that you’d like to hit in your life in the coming year, 5 years, or 10 years. If you want to succeed in any endeavor, you need to at least keep a vision of your version of success at all times, and take constant thought and action toward that vision.

Goal setting allows you to live life on your own terms, taking stock of how your wants and needs are being met by yourself at any given moment.

Even when you are still reaching for the appropriate plan of action for your business, or are practicing the skills that will one day prove fruitful, the simple idea of doing something at all times to see your ultimate payoff is of critical importance in goal-setting and goal realization.

Goal-setting is a process that begins with carefully consideration of what it is that you want for your life, and follows with embracing the necessary work to get to the point of business and personal freedom. Of course, when you’ve chosen a business venture that you love, the “work” will be as pleasurable as the outcome.

Keep the following in mind when setting goals to help you realize the dreams you have for your life:

1. Set goals that inspire you. When you set goals, it’s important that these goals mean something to you and that you can easily stick to them because you’re passionate about them. You must be fully invested in your goals to make them happen, and your motivation must come from a place deep down inside that tells you this is the only option for you. Goals that reflect your true wants often have a feeling of urgency. This is a key factor in determining whether or not your goals call to your heart and spirit, and whether you’ll keep that “can-do” attitude at all times.

2. Set SMART goals. People who are in business for themselves have probably heard of the value of setting SMART goals, which essentially means that your goals are:

  • Specific – Make sure that you have goals that are clear and well-defined.
  • Measureable – Include projected dates, figures, and so forth in your goals, which will engrain a mental benchmark in your head for you to reach.
  • Attainable – Make sure that you have set goals that are attainable based the skills and resources you have available right now. This means taking baby steps, if necessary into your ultimate life of business and personal freedom, acknowledging that you will learn what you need to along the way to step up to the next level and reach new goals.
  • Relevant – Your goals should be relevant to what you truly desire in your business life and personal life. Keep all of your goals aligned to your vision and purpose, and you’ll soon realize that they seem to effortlessly progress from start to completion.
  • Time Bound – Give each of your goals some kind of time-sensitive deadline in which they will be evaluated and then celebrated.

3. Write your goals down. The physical act of writing a goal down makes it real and tangible. As you write, your brain transforms the idea from a “maybe” or “might,” to a full-fledged “I will” that has the power to take hold as a TRUTH from that second forward. You can absolutely do this in your mind, but putting pen to paper reinforces the goal in a form that is more believable and exciting for most people.

4. Evaluate goals along the way. As we progress toward our goals, we may find that some fall short of what we actually want in our lives, and others transmute into something entirely better and more rewarding. It’s okay and extremely valuable to take stock of your goals from time to time, and evaluate how they fit into your life’s plan at any given moment. Feel free to tweak, adjust, or realign your vision, making the necessary changes in all pertinent details along the way.

5. Stick with you goals. Setting the goal is just the first step. The next course of action is to follow through with all of the supporting tasks that will lead to realization of the goal, no matter how big or small the step may be. Keep yourself on track by taking some kind of action every day toward your goal is crucial, even if it’s just a small thought written down in a journal, enrollment in a skill-building seminar, or a good read of a motivational book. Other goal-oriented actions can be networking, contracting out your website build, or opening your business investment bank account.

Above all, make sure that your goals are of value to you, and that you are truly called to carry them out.

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