If you ask most people what their one major objective in life is, they would probably give you a vague answer, such as, “I want to be successful, be happy, make a good living,” and that is it. These comments are all indicative of wishful thinking and none of them are clearly defined goals.
Therefore, goals must be SMART:
1. S–specific. For example, “I want to lose weight.” This is wishful thinking. It becomes a goal when I pin myself down to “I will lose 10 pounds in 90 days.”
2. M–must be measurable. If we cannot measure it, we cannot accomplish it. Measurement is a way of monitoring our progress.
3. A–must be achievable. Achievable means that it should be out of reach enough to be challenging but it should not be out of sight, otherwise it becomes disheartening.
4. R–realistic. A person who wants to lose 50 pounds in~30 days is being unrealistic.
5. T–time-bound. There should be a starting date and a finishing date.
Monday Morning Perspective
“Life is hard by the yard, but by the inch, it’s a cinch.” –Wolfgang Mieder
“If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.” -Jim Rohn
People who set measureable goals frequently attain and surpass them. Those who spend their productive time daydreaming of what might be often fall short. Why do you suppose that is? It’s my belief that people haven’t learned how to implement that good old Army adage, “Work smarter, not harder!”
I hope each of you have a wonderfully “smart” week!
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