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SMART Goal Setting

He who fails to plan, plans to fail. (Ancient proverb)

A young guy questioned Socrates the secret to success. Socrates asked the young man to meet him close to the water the following morning. They met. Socrates requested the young man just to walk along with him to the water. Once the water got up to their shoulder, Socrates took the young man by surprise and pushed him down to the water. the young man struggled to leave, but Socrates was too strong and kept him there before the young man started turning blue.

Socrates drawn his head out from the river and also the very first thing the young guy did was to gasp as well as take a deep breath of air. Socrates said:”What did you want the most while you were there?” The young man replied:”Air.” Socrates stated: “That may be the key to success. When you want success as badly as you desired the oxygen, then you’ll have it. There isn’t any other key.”

The significant accomplishments in your life can be fully realized through goal setting. Whether it is a longing for achievement in your profession, within your home and family life, or even in your financial circumstances, goals are the vehicle that bring your ambitions to reality. Learning the techniques for establishing goals will help you to identify your priorities.

Nearly all motivational speakers are advocates for the importance of goal setting. Tony Robbins has said: “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” To bring goals out of your thoughts and into the realm of being clearly visible many experts in the field of motivation use the S.M.A.R.T. acronym for goal setting.

S – specific – details, a definite must for achievable goals
M – measurable – assessment of your progress
A – attainable – within the reach of your current situation
R – relevant – a reflection of your aspirations and purpose
T – time-bound – milestones to mark your progress

Specific – Be particular about the details of your goals. As you journey through life a detailed map can bring you to your destination. Knowing as much as possible about your objectives can ensure a greater chance of success in reaching them.

Measurable – Smaller steps toward your ultimate goals. To measure progress towards your goals is very necessary as is documenting this progress. “When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates.” (Thomas S. Monson). Recording the journey towards your goals helps you to know how close they are to being achieved.

Attainable – “Dream small dreams. If you make them too big, you get overwhelmed and you don’t do anything. If you make small goals and accomplish them, it gives you the confidence to go on to higher goals.” (John H. Johnson) Your goals should be attainable to your life’s situation as it is right now. Don’t let this be a deterent to setting higher goals, for your capacity will increase, your knowledge will grow, and your expertise will improve.

Relevant – Who are you, really? What is your purpose in life? Your goals reflect the underlying purpose of your life. Goals are the means by which you will achieve your purpose. It is best to be sure that your goals are relevant to who you are and what you want your efforts to be focused on.

Time-Bound – Beginning a project or steps towards a goal without a deadline can be detrimental to the end of that goal. Having a clear conclusion enables you to say “Yes! That goal has been achieved.”

Making use of the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting method will help you to realize your life’s purpose and goals. Then, as Socrates had advised, you will be able to succeed. This is the only secret.

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Achieving Your Goals

All successfully accomplished goals begin with a thought. To bring your goals into reality you will need to practice the skill of success. As you practice these traits of success the traits themselves will move from thought to action and then from action to habit. As you practice these traits they will become an integral part of who you are and you will be able to employ them in pursuing all your goals, future as well as present. This a few of the skills that I use in my life. They will provide success when they are practiced regularly.

“How you think can be more important that what you think. Always be positive. Think about attaining your goals, not falling short of them. Become aware of how your environment affects you.
If there is one phrase that should be stricken from your vocabulary it is “I can’t.” As soon as you say “I can’t,” then you won’t.
I am not saying that you won’t feel discouraged from time to time, but it is best to get rid of a bad attitude as soon as you are aware of its presence.”

Write a list of affirmations which reflect the aims of your goals. For example: “I am financially free.”, “I am wealthy.” Say these affirmations to yourself at least twice daily. Repeating them will reinforce them in your mind and will eventually be reflected in your actions.

“Keep learning! Go back to school, read, get some formal training and acquire new skills.
Isn’t it interesting that once you are out of school you can more readily appreciate the joy of learning something new. What have you learned today? ”

Keep the positive thoughts at the fore front of your mind. This is an important tool in goal achievement. We all know the saying “Be careful what you wish for… you might just receive it.” It is this way with our thoughts. When we dwell on positive things we will be more likely to see opportunities to make those positive things become reality.

“Pay attention to the details. This does not mean micro-managing. You can be aware of the small facts and daily minutia without letting them overwhelm you.
It is better to learn from these details and respond by making adjustments than to ignore them until they become a crisis.”

Read at least one more book on your goals within the next three months. Also read at least one book by “personal coaches” such as Tony Robbins, Wayne Dyer, Robert Kiyasaki, Robin Sharma, and Napoleon Hill.

Ask yourself “What would I do if I knew I would succeed?” What new things would you institute that would set you apart from everyone else? If you have an innovative idea follow it!

Laugh for five minutes in the mirror each morning. Steve Martin does. Laughter activates many beneficial chemicals within the body that place us into a very joyous state. Laughter also returns the body to a state of balance. Laughter therapy has been regularly used to heal persons with varied ailments and is a wonderful tonic for life’s ills. While the average 4 year old laughs 500 times a day, the average adult is lucky to laugh 15 times a day. Revitalize the habit of laughter, it will put far more living into your life.

Associate only with positive, focused people who you can learn from and who will not drain your valuable energy with complaining and uninspiring attitudes. By developing relationships with those committed to constant improvement and the pursuit of the best that life has to offer, you will have plenty of company on your path to the top of whatever mountain you seek to climb.

“The greatest secret to success is that there is no secret. Everything we do involves simple, yet powerful strategies. Today, I continue to be generate a lucrative income in my chosen field of real estate investment. I would encourage you to also take action towards your goals. I wish you all the success!