We all have two choices: We can make a living or we can design a life. Here’s how to do the latter.
The most important benefit of setting goals isn’t achieving your goal; it’s what you do and the person you become in order to achieve your goal that’s the real benefit.
Goal setting is powerful because it provides focus. It shapes our dreams. It gives us the ability to hone in on the exact actions we need to perform to achieve everything we desire in life. Goals are great because they cause us to stretch and grow in ways that we never have before. In order to reach our goals, we must become better.
1. Your most important goals must be yours.
Not your spouse’s. Not your child’s. Not your employer’s. Yours. When you let other people determine your definition of success, you’re sabotaging your own future.
2. Your goals must mean something to you.
When you write down your goals, you must ask yourself, What’s really important to me? What am I prepared to give up to make this happen? Your reasons for charting a new course of action give you the drive and energy to get up every morning.
3. Your goals must be specific and measurable.
Vague generalizations and wishy-washy statements aren’t good enough. Be specific.
4. Your goals must be challenging, exciting.
Force yourself to jump out of your comfort zone to acquire that energy and edge.
5. Your goals must be realistic.
Be expansive but don’t be ridiculous. If you’re 4 feet tall, you will probably never play in the NBA. Also be sure to allow yourself time to get there.
6. Your goals need to be supported.
Either selectivity share a few of your dreams with a number of people, or share all of your dreams with a select few people. In either case, you’re creating a web of support and accountability for yourself.