Alright here’s what I want you to do for me. Get a pen and paper, and take five(5)- ten(10) minutes, to write down nine of your favorite goals, and one of your biggest goals. Now, analyze your paper carefully.
Now I’m sure half of you don’t even know how to begin to start, right?
Most of you don’t even know what goals you have for yourself, most of you could not be bothered, i suppose, and most of you still contemplating your goals. This is what I’m going to teach you right here right now, so relax, you have not failed as yet, even if you cannot even start. Goal setting after you sat down awhile and thought about it isn’t really that easy to set after all now is it? No its not! Before you can begin even jotting down goals there’s a very particular system you must use and in this system very particular steps must be followed.
” This system is called the SMART system “
” SMART is a mnemonic used by life coaches, motivators, HR departments, and educators for a system of goal identification, setting, and achievement. Every letter in SMART stands for an adjective that describes an effective way to set goals. “
Specific – When setting goals, they should answer the highly specific questions of who, what, where, when, and why. Instead of the general goal, “I want to get into shape,” try for a specific goal, “I want to run my first half-marathon this year.”
Measurable – In order for us to track our progress, goals should be quantifiable. “I’m going to walk more” is far more difficult to track and measure than “Everyday I’m going to walk around the track 16 times.”
Attainable – It is important to evaluate your situation honestly and recognize which goals are realistic, and which are a little far-fetched. Instead of, “I am going to be this nation’s Mother Teresa,” (while admirable) it might be more realistic to say, “I am going to volunteer four nights a week at my local soup kitchen.”
Relevant – Is this goal relevant to your life and to the “big picture” questions you have already asked yourself? Some good questions to ask yourself when figuring this out are: does it seem worthwhile? Is now the right time for this? Does this match my needs?
Time- related – Setting a “due date” to meet goals not only keeps you on track, but it prevents pesky daily roadblocks from getting in the way. Instead of saying “I’m going to get my college degree”, you might consider saying, “I’m going to get my B.A. in 4 years.”
After you have gone back to the SMART system mentally, you can begin jotting down your goals. Now before/while you are write always try to remember the big picture. Always try and ask yourself some important questions about what you want for your life. You don’t have to come up with some elaborate answers, the answer to this question can be as general as “I want to be happy,” or “I want to help people,” or “I want to be fit.” These general statements can help hone in on the things that really matter to you. Recognizing the things you value will guide your decision-making and keep you focused on your end goals. Think of the answers to your “big picture” questions. Ask yourself things like what do I hope to attain in 10, 15, or 20 years from now.
Then you got to break down the big picture into smaller more specific goals. Start to consider areas of your life that you either want to change or that you feel you would like to develop with time. Begin to ask yourself questions about what you’d like to achieve in each area and how you would like to approach it within a five year timeframe. In terms of your career, you may ask yourself what your ideal job is. What steps do you need to take to get that job? What are the roadblocks? Do you need a specific degree or certificate? With financial goals, you may want to consider where the money will come from. How much money you will need to live comfortably? What are the best ways to spend or invest money? Do you want a house, new car, or to begin a retirement plan? When it comes to family, do you want to have children, and if so, when? Do you want to have biological children, or are you open to adoption or having step children? In thinking about romantic goals, you may consider the type of relationship you want (long-term partner, marriage, open-relationship, etc.), and how you will prioritize the time spent with a partner. What are the characteristics of a mate that make them a good fit for you? In terms of education, think about what course of study you’d like to pursue. Are you going to school to further you career? What types of courses do you need to complete for advancement at work? Are there alternate ways to enter the career you want, like apprenticeships or internships? In thinking about physical goals, consider whether changes need to be made to make you healthy. What can you do to maintain good health into old age? Think about whether there are specific physical challenges you want to meet such as a major mountain climbing expo or a marathon.
Then you got to make each goal a positive statement. Once you’ve done the brainstorming and considered how to make your goals SMART. Using positive statements is a direct way to affirm your commitment to completing your goals.If your goal is to run your first marathon in 8 months, you can call friends who run for tips tonight, ask for shoe recommendations tomorrow, join a running club next week, and begin intensive training in 6 months.
After you should probably set priorities. At any given moment, you have a number of goals all in different states of completion. Deciding which goals are more important, or time-sensitive, than others is crucial. If you have a college interview scheduled on the same day as a training session for your big half-marathon, the interview would take precedent as it is far more time-sensitive, and probably more important.
This is a very important one. Always keep track of your progress! It won’t make any sense accomplishing goals and you don’t even remember what goals you accomplishing, now would it? Journaling is a great way to keep track of both personal and professional progress. Checking in with yourself and acknowledging the progress made towards a certain goal is key to staying motivated. Asking a friend with similar goals to buddy-up with you is a great way to keep you motivated and to make sure you hit your goal target dates. Consider pairing up with a fellow student facing the same application deadlines if you are applying for school, or another new, emerging artist if you are applying for artist residencies, fellowships, and grants.
Finally always remember to reward your accomplishments! This by far, is the most important tip to goal setting. You should always try to acknowledge when you have reached goals and allow yourself to celebrate accordingly. Take this time to assess the goal process–from inception to completion.
” Make a better future for yourself. Set some goals today! ” – Yannick Theodore
There’s this really small idea of mine that if I tell you will unlock many bigger ideas, that will thus assist you on your quest to success. This small idea is known to drastically change persons lives forever. In a positive way that is. If I tell you this idea do you promise never to release it to anyone? This idea is so simple, I’m surprised you didn’t think of it yourself. In order to succeed one needs lots of SLEEP. Its that simple. Yes, I know, you must be saying to yourself, “That’s it thats the secret? No way, there’s got to be more to gaining success than just sleep!.” You know you are right, there are other steps to success, but right now I have just given you guys the most important first step to success. I’m sure you guys are also pondering, “why didn’t I think of that!” Don’t you worry about that now, whether you thought about it or not, is not important, what’s important is, now I’m bringing it to your attention. Now you know the first step to success. Think about it for a minute. Without sleep, you would be tired everywhere, falling all over yourself, lackadaisical, unfocused, unmotivated, with no ambition what so ever. What good are you to anyone? How will a guy like this ever be successful? Now imagine if you were to get ample sleep (your required 8hrs), now you will be feeling more energetic, ambitious, focused, ready to work, ready to tackle anything that comes your way, won’t you? Exactly and that’s the desired outcome. For you to be successful you have got to be energetic, focused, ambitious and ready to make major decisions on a daily basis. Now I bet you over looked that answer in your head once or twice, thinking sleep can always wait, but no! that is not true! Now that I have brought it to your attention I’m sure you won’t be over looking that idea any more, would you?. That goes to show you sleep is vital on the journey to success.
Success is not only attained through one step. The journey to success is never a simple one. There’s a process involved that most of you guys don’t know about. For quick success, one must be organized about it. You must first begin by working on your mentality. The way you think determines the way you act. That’s why I came up with this system. Simply get a pen and paper, or your Ipad, Iphone or mac book and write up a check list like the one below. Once you are done writing down the check list, go over what is required of you each day for the five goals you have set. That is very important. If you follow those five goals, each day, in time you will attain success guaranteed!
You should understand one undeniable fact that you must build your life and future on your own. Set goals, of accomplishing something important to you everyday. Write down your goals and memorize them. If that doesn’t work, forget memorizing them and try working longer and harder at achieving your goals. Maybe you will have to sacrifice something, make an effort, or probably even invest money in a new business venture, to get them achieved, but remember everything depends on you. If you don’t want to write down your goals, it’s all up to you. Just keep in mind you won’t be as successful as the other guy or you won’t get anything achieved. Goals keep you focused on what’s important to you. Achieving a goal simply means you achieved something important to you. Goals should be achieved daily for continued success. Don’t worry if your goal may seem small at the time, it should still be treated like any other goal, and be achieved much in the same way as any other. Never stop setting and achieving goals, in the end you will thank me.
Constantly, Keep Improving Yourself
Every day ask yourself what do I got to do in order to achieve better results today? Try to work more diligently. This advice doesn’t pertain to only business owners or employees for that matter, it pertains to everyone. Work on yourself every day. Success comes to those who are constantly learning. Do not stop even when you achieve a “good job”. Keep on going, keep on improving your skills. Consider each of your goals and think about what you can do to improve. Think about how you can achieve your goals efficiently and successfully. Success is a long thorny path full of mistakes and obstacles, constant hard work and persistence will get you through, along the way you may get caught up in the thorns and get stuck (failure, bankruptcy) but in the end, when you get through and succeed, it is always worth of it.
Make Each New Day Significant
Every morning dedicate a few minutes to thinking about yesterday, How yesterday has impacted today, what would you like to do today, and what are some of the important things you have to do today. How will today differ from any other ordinary boring day? Plan something and complete it, it will bring you pleasure and will make you proud. Set a goal you need to accomplish during the day. Unsuccessful and unhappy people often have a feeling that their days are all alike, that’s because they never set any goals in the morning. All people have the same hours in the day, but not every one has the same goals for the day. So you need to plan how will you spend your 24 hours. What separates the bosses from the regular joes is not the number of hours in the day but how he spends his hours in his day. Try engaging in activities that will be beneficial to you in the long run. Activities that will bring you pleasure, and happiness. You need to try doing activities that will make the day memorable. What will you do today to make your tomorrow better? Try living a life filled with many memorable moments. Try your best to make each day extraordinary. That will significantly increase your probability for success.
A Positive attitude is as a result of a balanced planned life, lots of sleep, supported by a daily willingness to improve ones’ self(see the first two tips). You are a kind and hardworking person. You are independent and reliable. Be sure to control your own future.
Protect yourself from those people who bring only negative emotions and thoughts into your life. You can not even begin to imagine how much influence their words have on you at a subconscious level. Stay away from negative person. For they are a vexation to the spirit. Do not gossip and do not discuss other people, believe me, it will not bring you any success.
Be more optimistic. Optimism is a wonderful feeling. Optimism supports strength of will, helps overcome failures and pushes for success. Optimistic energy will attract new interesting people.
Hard Work is The Key To Prosperity
A truly successful person works hard, even when everyone else is sleeping, a successful person will be up working hard. Always keep that in mind. Also, always try to ensure that you practice good time management and spend long hours working daily. It is said that good luck comes to those who are working hard and diligently. From time to time, work seems like too much and a burden. You often don’t feel encouraged to work or participate even. You feel like what you are doing is not prosperous to you and is probably just a waste of energy. But do not give up. Do not look for the easy way out and do not fool yourself. Enjoy the joy you feel once completing your work. Those who work hard, generally never end up hungry or depressed. They are often rewarded handsomely for their endeavors.
I hope that my tips above on how to succeed have helped. I hope you have now learnt the steps to success. Keep them in mind as you go about your day to day activities, for they are the foundations to success. If you do practice my steps daily you will be rewarded way more than you could ever imagine. Success is not easily attained or attained right away, but with hard work, constantly improving, a positive attitude, setting goals and making each day significant, you can achieve success!
“Never wait for a miracle to happen, if you want it got to make it happen for yourself!”- Yannick Theodore