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SMART Goals Keep You Focused
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by: John Boe
It's been said that people who don't have written goals end up working for
people who do. The human mind is in many ways very similar to the software in
your computer, in that it requires detailed programming to make it work. Just as
your computer is worthless without its programming software, so is your brain
without written goals. Think of your brain as an extremely complex,
problem-solving, goal-setting machine that is constantly looking for updated
software to make it run efficiently and effectively.
There are many compelling reasons for you to set goals. Psychologists tell us
that people who take the time to write their goals down on paper tend to live
happier lives, experience less depression, and live longer on average than those
people who don't set goals. The good news about goal setting is that your mind
can only concentrate on one thought at a time. For example, you can't think
thoughts of happiness and sadness at the same time, so why not put your focus on
the goals you wish to accomplish instead of dwelling on your shortcomings and
I strongly encourage you to begin today to take control of your thoughts by
programming your mind with SMART goals. SMART is a acronym to help your mind
format your ideas and good intentions into meaningful goals to accomplish. Some
of the areas in your life that require written goals include, but are not
limited to; physical fitness/health, financial, family/friends activities,
business/career, and personal development.
Specific = What, Why, Who, When, and How. Make sure each of your goals
are clearly stated and defined. If you don't know where you want to go, any road
will take you there. Try to combine as many of your goals together as possible
so that you are able to accomplish more in less time.
Measurable = If you can't measure your goal, you can't mange it. Break
your goal down into bite size tasks and create checkpoints to monitor your
progress and create positive momentum. Stay flexible with your goals and don't
be concerned if you need to make some changes to your goals as you advance
toward their accomplishment.
Achievable = Be mindful not to set too large a goal or too short a
timeframe. Your goals should stretch your capability, but at the same time they
need to be "mentally attainable" so you don't lose interest.
Realistic = Do you have the time and resources to achieve your goals?
Time-bound = Set meaningful deadlines to give your goals a sense of
urgency. Without meaningful deadlines, you run the risk of having your goals
fade away into the mist of procrastination.
If you want to reach your full potential and achieve greatness in your life,
you must begin today to focus your mind on the attainment of SMART goals!
"Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I'll show you a man
who will make history, but give me a man without a goal and I'll show you a
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