If you are not crystal clear on your goals,
and if they are in any way vague, or if there’s any obscurity around them whatsoever, it’s highly unlikely you will ever get where you want to go.
Now, if you have ever done any kind of goal setting before, and you found it boring or ineffective or anything like that, this is going to be a refreshing change of pace.
Because we are going to put in place a very effective process that ensures you a very high probability of actually achieving your goals.
First we are going to list the goals and dreams you have for a better life. We are going to get very specific about these goals.
Whatever your goals are, we are going to brainstorm them and get them all down on paper. Then we are going to narrow all those goals down and identify your top 5 highest priority goals.
These are the things aside from money that will absolutely make the biggest difference in your lifestyle.
I can’t stress enough how important this process is, and I want you to do this even if you think you already have your goals clearly defined.
Why Most Goals Suck
Most people confuse hopes and dreams with actual goals. And the fact of the matter is, the majority of those who set goals, simply don’t achieve them.
Just take into consideration all of those New Year’s resolutions that fail. Here in the US about 50% of the population sets New Year’s resolutions.
Want to take a guess at how many actually achieve the goals they set for themselves?
The answer is only 8% of those goals are ever successful according to a study by University of Scranton in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.
You can actually increase the probability of achieving your goals by as much as 900% when you follow the formula I am about to lay out for you now.
Step 1: Brain Dump
Create a dream sheet where you can fill in the things that you want.
Imagine that you have 10 million dollars in your bank account right now.
Now with the thought of having this much money I want you to list things in these three categories of Having, Being, Doing.
What do you want to have that was out of reach to you until now?
A car, a house, or a boat.
What do you have now that you would want to get rid of?
Your job, debt, a bad relationship.
What have you always wanted to learn but never had the time to do it?
Become a chef, learn a new a language.
What would you want to experience, what would you want to do?
A dream trip to an island for a few weeks, or a safari trip through Africa.
What experiences have you always dreamed of doing?
List everything and anything that comes to mind. Don’t worry about how outrageous it may seem. Now is not the time for judgment. List everything that comes to mind here.
Step 2: Prioritize
From the list you just created, give each item a priority of 1 – 3.
With 1 being the highest priority, 2 being important but not crucial, and 3 being something nice to have but not incredibly important in the near future. Think of the things that will truly motivate you.
Go with your gut here. Don’t try to rationalize your way out of it. If the first thing that comes to mind is a 1, leave it and move on.
Step 3: Choose your top 5
At this point you should have a huge list of goals and dreams and each of them should be numbered from 1-3.
Now look through your list and find your top 5 number 1 goals and relist them separately in order from highest/most important to least important.
Now you have determined your top 5 highest priority goals.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when setting off on the path to success is they don’t have any clarity on where they want to go. Most people have a vague idea or they come up with some ambiguous dollar amount that they want, they wish for, or they hope for.
But they have no real clue how they are ever really going to actually reach their goals. And the first step to becoming the master of your destiny is getting crystal clear on your biggest goals.
Your most important priorities in your life right now.
Because no dollar amount alone is going to motivate you to do that.
Making Your Goals S.M.A.R.T.
Most people don’t do nearly enough to make their goals anything more than a wish or a hope.
Not you because you are going to set goals like a pro. When you set your goals the S.M.A.R.T. way you will find you consistently hit your goals more often than not.
Many leaders find that they are hitting their goals between 80-90% of the time frame they set.
So, what are S.M.A.R.T. goals?
S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym that stands for:
- Specific and Strategic
- Relevant and Results oriented
The first term stresses the need for specificity rather than vague and obscure. This means the goal is clear and unambiguous.
To make goals specific they must be created to make it obvious what is expected so there is a clear understanding of where the target is. The strategic part refers to the reason it’s important and what’s involved.
Measurable is a term that stresses the need for concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of the goal. The thought behind this is that if a goal is not measurable it’s not possible to know whether progress has been made toward successful completion or how to determine when you have succeeded.
Attainable refers to the importance of goals that are realistic and attainable. While an attainable goal may stretch you it should seem possible to accomplish and not too far outside of reality for you.
The idea is to create goals that are challenging and yet have a high probability of success with your current resources.
For a goal to be relevant and results oriented, it should move you closer to your vision of your ideal life.
A goal that supports your vision and where you want to go and is in alignment with what you want to accomplish in your life is considered a relevant and results oriented goal.
Time bound stresses the importance of grounding your goals within a time frame by giving your goal a target date. A commitment to a deadline adds a sense of urgency to push you to meeting a specific deadline.
This part of the S.M.A.R.T. goals criteria is intended to prevent goals from being overtaken by the day-to-day crises that invariably arise.
So, now I hope this helps you understand how to make your goals S.M.A.R.T.
Let’s make your goals smarter.
Don’t worry this is easy.
Before we jump into working on your top 5 goals and making them S.M.A.R.T. goals I want to demonstrate the difference between goals that are S.M.A.R.T. vs. Goals that are not.
Now let’s say that your first goal in the brain dump exercise was to quit your job.
Here’s what a broad goal looks like.
I want to replace my income at my job so I can quit.
A SMART goal would look something like this.
I will start my Internet business by June 15, and will invest $500 in advertising per month, by Sept. 15, I will be at my target of $200 per day, which will match my income at my job. Once I have consistently hit my goals for 30 consecutive days, I will feel comfortable enough with the income from my new business to hand in my resignation letter, which I will do on Aug. 15 of 2017.
Do you see the difference?
One of the big differences between successful leaders and average people is their ability to set powerful goals and consistently work towards those goals by taking action. The most important thing is that your goals motivate and inspire you.
Every single day you should look at your goals and imagine what your life will be like when you’ve reached your goals.
Picture yourself walking around in your new house
Picture yourself sitting behind the wheel of that new car, or handing in your two week’s notice and sleeping in instead of hitting the alarm clock.
What does it feel like?
The more real your goals feel the more they will inspire you and something magical will happen.
Every high performing professional in every industry all have complete clarity, drive, determination, focus, and they are inspired.
And this is how they do it.
This is how they are able to be more effective and accomplish so much more in their lives.
This post was originally published in http://wealthinsuccess.com/make-your-goals-stick/ by Adam D. Mason