How To Make Sure You Set Goals That Are S.M.A.R.T.

To dream by night is to escape your life. To dream by day is to make it happen.” ― Stephen Richards

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LIFE can be quite noisy, but don’t allow it to stop you from setting goals… and striving to reach them. Don’t be one of those people who say, “I’ll just wait until tomorrow when everything calms down,” only to find out tomorrow presents more of the same. Therefore, never trust tomorrow with today’s work… because tomorrow can’t be trusted to deliver on its promise.

Really, it’s not that hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What most people find hard, is figuring out what they are willing to give up, in order to do the things they really care about. However, setting goals takes a lot of the guesswork out of what you want to achieve, it makes what you want out of life, more definitive.

Goals are intended to inspire you… not to beat you up. They are intended to help you get a clearer focus on the: Things, people, contacts, personal qualities, skills, information and finances that are at your disposable, which can help you reach personal success.

Success is yours for the taking, so make sure all of your goals are S.M.A.R.T.:

  • Specific (so you know exactly what you are trying to achieve)
  • Measurable (so you know when you have achieved it!)
  • Action-oriented (so you can do something about it!)
  • Realistic (so it is achievable) and
  • Time-Bound (has a deadline)

Anytime you want to achieve something great in life, set goals. Be precise during the planning stage. Then, when it is time to act on your goals, whether short or long-range, remember to keep your eyes open at all times…, and focus. Concentrate on what you’re doing… and make sure you know exactly what it is you want, because you cannot expect to hit your target, with your eyes closed.

Know what you want, work to get it, then value it once you have it.”

When it comes to reaching all of your goals, keep in mind that appropriate planning and the ability to remain flexible allows you to take advantage of whatever is thrown your way, and adapt to changes.

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