THE SECRET TO CREATING YOUR DREAM LIFE + BIZ? BE S.M.A.R.T!
Last week we talked about defining what success means to YOU!
And we know if you want to get somewhere, you've got to know where you're going!
So this week we are going to talk about taking those dreams and turning them into goals, + then into plans!
No matter what type of goals you're setting, I wanted to share some tips on how to make them happen!✅
We've all heard the famous words Lance Armstrong uttered during his trip to the moon "One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind." 💭
Mr. Armstrong didn't just utter one day, "Well, I think I'll walk on the moon next week." It took YEARS of education; practice; knowledge, commitment and focus before he was even able to board a spacecraft, let alone walk on the moon. 🚀
The point is everyone finds it difficult to stay focused on a goal.👯
The topsy-turvy world of self-motivation is evident everywhere. Lose weight; gain weight. Even the smallest goal can sometimes require the most disciple, motivation, and commitment.
Realistic expectations and a positive attitude, combined with small action steps can make your goals more achievable. 🙌
How? 💁🏻You must first know and understand your goal. Begin with one specific goal, and write it down often. It doesn't have to be anything major; start with something simple! Grab a sheet of paper, write it down and hang it up EVERYWHERE. This is your first step to focusing on your commitment.
When you’re setting your goals, it’s a good idea to keep the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting model in mind.
SMART goals are:
🖤Specific: It’s not enough to say that you want more sales. Instead, your goal should be “I want to increase my sales by 10%” or “I want to earn $250,000 in the next 12 months.” Those are both very specific goals that leave no room for ambiguity.
🖤Measurable: You may have heard the quote “What gets measured gets managed,” and nowhere is that more true than in business goal setting. Your goals must have some kind of measurement attached to them – either in dollars, subscribers, followers, or another countable figure.
🖤Attainable: It’s great to dream about doubling or tripling your income, but unless you have a solid plan, you might just find yourself discouraged at the end of the year if your goals are not truly attainable. As you create your goals, ask yourself if it really is attainable or not.
🖤Realistic: In order for a goal to be realistic, you have to have the skills to pull it off. For example, you might set a goal to win the Mr. Universe competition, but if you’re a 45-year-old man who’s never lifted more than a cup of coffee, it’s unrealistic to expect to reach this goal.
🖤Time-based: Good goals have a hard deadline. After all, if you have the rest of your life to add 100 subscribers to your email list, what incentive do you have for working on it today?
For example, you might set a goal to earn $200,000 (specific, measurable and results focused) in 2016 (time-bound). If your earnings in 2015 were $150,000, then your goal certainly meets the achievable requirement as well, making this a good (SMART) goal.
While “smart” goals are safe and expected, there’s something to be said for dreaming big, too. What if you took your “smart” goal of adding $50,000 to your income, and multiplied that by 10? 💵
In Cardone's "The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure” he makes the case that the only way to really achieve greatness is to dream bigger and push yourself further by setting goals that others might consider unreasonable.💭
Try setting at least one goal in each of these areas, and don’t be afraid to take your initial goal and multiply it by 10!📈
After you've set your crystal clear, S.M.A.R.T. goal, it's time to break it down into small steps. ⬇️
For example: Let's say you want to start a diet and exercise program. Your goal is to lose 50 pounds, and be able to run two miles a day. It's January; you set a target goal date of August. Write it down: 50 pounds; two miles a day; August. Focus daily on these words. Next, break it down into even smaller steps. Follow a specific diet plan; and begin running 10 minutes a day. If in the first week, you begin to see results --your confidence will build; and you will become even more motivated to continue.
Finally, never give up. You've come so far; your confidence is growing, and you are so close to your goal --stay focused!!👓
Reward yourself every now and then. You deserve it! 🛍
Don't think about the end result, enjoy the journey. 🛣
If Neil Armstrong can walk on the moon; you can accomplish anything you set out to do! 🌕
What are some of your 2017 goals?💁🏻 Share them with us in the comments below so we can cheer each other on!