SMART Goals vs. Weak Goals

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Smart goals get you what you want. Simply put.

Weak goals are wishes for what you want "someday." The sad thing is that most people set weak goals, and wonder why their life is lacking.

You are about to learn how to set goals the smart way as successful individuals do.

So what exactly are SMART Goals? Let's break it down.

  • S - Specific.
  • M - Measurable.
  • A - Attainable.
  • R - Realistic.
  • T - Timely.

Specific

Specify exactly what you want. Imagine your fairy godmother is ready to grant you everything you want.

I hear people always say, "I want more money." Yet, that want is not specific enough.

Let's say your fairy godmother gives you a dollar. I'm certain that's not exactly what you meant by "more money." A better goal is: To achieve financial freedom by earning $20,000 a month. Now, that's specific.

Measurable

In determining how to set goals, ensure that you are able to measure your progress. How about this: Pay off credit card debt by paying down one credit card at a time using the DOLP method.

You will be able to see how much you are paying and how soon you can pay off your credit cards. The better the measurability, the better you stay on track towards your goal.

Attainable

In creating a goal that is attainable, remember that your mind will start looking for ways to make it a reality. Stretch yourself outside your comfort zone and gain the confidence as you reach each goal. For example, if you want to read Bank on Yourself by Nelson Nash in one week, that is attainable. Reading it in one day may not be.

Realistic

This part of the idea of smart goals is to know where you are, so you know where you want to go. If your goal is to quit smoking cold turkey, and you customarily smoke a pack a day, this may not be realistic.

A better goal would be: To smoke 1 less cigarette a day or to not inhale the last 1/4 of each cigarette you smoke. This allows you the chance to be successful and to continue building upon your successes.

Celebrate your small victories along the way. The journey to your goal is the true meaning of success.

Timely

When do you want to reach your goal? "Someday" is not a day of the week. Setting a date for the accomplishment of your goal gives your mind the direction and urgency to get it done in time. For example, a goal to be at your healthy weight of 165 pounds that must be accomplished by .

You can easily break down what needs to be done in increments by creating a time frame for yourself.

Our mentor Bob Proctor taught us that if your goal is big, you don't have to know the exact date. Just set a date in your goal setting worksheet and your mind will work to meet that goal. You may be shocked to see how close you come to it.

Challenge Yourself

These ideas are in alignment with the goal setting theory developed by Dr. Edwin Locke. When you set clear, specific goals that stretch and challenge you, you tend to be more motivated and create accountability for yourself. Therefore, you are more likely to achieve what it is you want to be, do, and have. Setting SMART goals is essential to achieving anything you desire.

But remember to challenge yourself!

T. Harv Eker, author of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, says that the problem with peoples' goals is not that they don't reach them. It's that they set them so low that that hit them.

Reach for the stars and you will at least hit the moon.

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