Goal Setting 101

Posted January 1, 2012 @ 11:41pm | by Kori Mortenson

Goal Setting 101

With the turn of the calendar to the new year many people will be setting goals for 2012.  Most people make fuzzy goals which at best will give you fuzzy results.  If you ask most people what is their one major objective in life, they would probably give you a vague answer, such as, "I want to be successful, be happy, make a good living," and that is it.  They are all wishes and none of them are clear goals.

Goals must be S.M.A.R.T.:

1. S - specific.  For example, "I want to lose weight."  This is wishful thinking.  It becomes a goal when I pin myself down to "I will lose 10 pounds in 90 days."

2. M - must be measurable.  If we cannot measure it, we cannot accomplish it.  Measurement is a way of monitoring our progress.

3. A - must be achievable.  Achievable means that it should be out of reach enough to be challenging but it should not be out of sight, otherwise it becomes disheartening.

4. R - realistic.  A person who wants to lose 50 pounds in 30 days is being unrealistic.

5. T - time-bound.  There should be a starting date and a finishing date.

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Additional thoughts:

Set your goals high, but realistic.  It's better to aim high and miss than to aim low and hit.  Go after your dream with a buring desire and determination.  Remove all obstacles in your way and let nothing stop you!  Your greatest satisfaction will be the exhilaration of achievement.  Your dreams are within your reach.  Actions + Ideas + Enthusiasm = Results!  You have within you all the power you need to achieve whatever you desire.  Review your goals daily to charge up your belief and confidence in yourself.  If you believe you can, you can!  If you believe you can't, you can't.  Either way, you're probably right... you decide!

 
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