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Goal Setting the SMART Way

BY: Sharon Whytes | Category: Self-Improvement | Submitted: 2010-08-19 07:52:37
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Article Summary: "Goals setting is really quite necessary if you want to have success in all areas of your life whether that be financial, health, or just your everyday being. Following the SMART system will get you quickly on track to create this success we all desire..."


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I heard a saying once, "If you don't know what the moneys for, you can't get the money"
How valid is that statement? I know a lot of other factors come into play however Goal Setting and having Vision of what your perfect world would look like is so imperative if you want to continue to move forward towards what you want in your life.

wealth is really the bi-product. It's not really about the money, but what the money will give you when you have an abundance of it. It will provide you the nice car and picturesque house so ideally we have to stop wanting the million dollars and start visualizing about what the million dollars is for and more importantly WHY.

To really get a goal or dream it must be well defined. Ask yourself, What do you truly want out of life? The following SMART system is a proven method of defining and obtaining Goals.

S: Specific.
A specific Goal has a much superior chance of being accomplished than a broad goal so, recognize your precise why and what you are passionate about and trying to accomplish. It may be financial, spiritual, wellbeing, material etc

An example: A broad-spectrum Goal would be, "Get into shape" but a specific Goal would say, "Join a health club and workout for 1 hour 3 times a week" or a further example, "I want a new car" but being specific would read, "My new black SLK-class Mercedes Benz, with black leather interior and electric seats and fittings"

Take time to visualize having accomplished what you desire. How do you feel now that you have accomplished your Goal? Get emotionally connected with the END RESULT.

M : Measurable.
Verify concrete criteria for measuring advancement toward the attainment of each one Goal you set. When you evaluate your progress, you keep on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to get to your GOAL.

To determine if your Goal is measurable, ask questions such as......How much time will I need? How will I know when it is accomplished?

Your goal must be measurable. Saying "I want to be out of debt" undeniably isn't going to get you the results you want. Saying, "I will earn $50K by December 1, 2010" is far more positive. The result, of course, will be that you are out of debt as well.

A: Attainable.
When you identify Goals that are most significant to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come to fruition. You acquire the attitudes, abilities, skills, and monetary ability to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to take yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.
You must believe that you are able to achieve your Goal. It may seem somewhat unrealistic to you now, but it shouldn't seem insurmountable.

R: Relevant .
Your Goal should be something you are passionate about - you should be emotionally involved with your goal and desire and not someone elses!
A high Goal is regularly easier to attain than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished in fact seem easy simply for the reason that they were a labor of love.

T : Timely. Your Goals should have an expected date of completion. This is usually an educated estimate. With no time frame tied to it there's no sense of urgency.

If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? "Someday" won't work. But if you affix it within a timeframe, "by June 1st", then you've set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the Goal.

Once you have set your Goals, spend time daily reflecting on them. Mark them onto Goal Cards and carry them with you everywhere. Recognize what actions are necessary to take on a daily and weekly basis to achieve your Goals. In addition, identify what actions you at present are taking that are NOT in alignment with achieving your Goals. Follow through with consistent, focused action. When you have Goals you are emotionally involved with and are passionate about, taking action will be easy.

With a clear purpose, defined Goals and focused action, the results are already yours! For your FREE goal setting manual CLICK HERE and don't forget to thing BIG, Sharon-whyte.com

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With a clear purpose, defined Goals and focused action, the results are already yours! For your FREE goal setting manual http://sharon-whyte.com/2010/05/setting-goals and don't forget to think BIG. Also visit http://www.dareyoutodream.com DREAM BIG !

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