What is it?
What is a personal improvement review? A personal improvement review involves you reflecting back on your past and outlining in detail every single achievement, improvement, or positive effort that you’ve put forth in your life. I personally recommend doing this every three months, or possibly every six months. The more often you do this, the greater your chances for accelerating your life success and satisfaction.
I’ve focused on the word “improvement” instead of “achievement” because achievements consist of many improvements and efforts that build upon each other over time. If I asked you to only outline your achievements, you might feel a bit disheartened because you didn’t accomplish everything that you’d hope for.
The truth however, is that you’ve probably taken many deliberate efforts and steps to turn your dreams into reality. Although you might not see the final tangible outcome (if there is one), you must train yourself to all of the small or large amounts of time, energy, resources and efforts that you’ve invested into your goals. Those investments deserve to be noticed, celebrated or at least acknowledged in a positive manner.
Don’t simply wait for the grand finale when your entire goal is realized. This could take many days, weeks, months, years, or even a lifetime. It’s best to congratulate yourself on the mini-steps you’ve taken, and all the learning lessons that occurred along the way. After all, with each learning lesson, you’ve moved yourself closer toward your goals.
Who is it for?
Who is the personal improvement review for? Anybody who is completely serious about enhancing their personal growth, continuously improving their life satisfaction, along with achieving their life goals should be reflecting back on their personal improvements and achievements.
What are the benefits to doing to a personal improvement review?
- Enhanced self-esteem. When you see how far you’ve come and how much you have invested in yourself, you can’t help but feel good about who you are. You’re essentially telling yourself that you’re worth it!
- Realization of how intelligent you are. When you reflect back and understand just how much you’ve learned, you feel a sense of relief that you haven’t been remaining stagnant, and that you are actually moving forward, and closer to your goals.
- Increased locus of control – you begin to see the correlation between your personal actions and the outcomes in your life, even if those outcomes are simply learning lessons
- Gives you a reason to ‘celebrate’ or to do something positive for yourself
- Increased motivation to stay persistent in working toward your goals. Therefore, you are less likely to feel discouraged, and give up because you don’t see the final outcome that you are looking for
- Learn from your successes what is actually working, so that you can continue doing more of it. Learn from your mistakes so that you can identify what areas of your life require sharpening.
If you never reflect back on your life performance, how will you know what areas of your life are improving, and, if you are improving, how will you get a better sense of how you’ve improved? You might even find patterns of strengths or weaknesses developing. For example, I knew a woman who made such great strides in her career when she opened up her own business, but as a result her health suffered drastically. Within a year, she had gained over 25 pounds as a result of stress eating. She also had high blood pressure, and was diagnosed with diabetes. Even though her bank account had grown in dollars, her weight had grown, and her health suffered. Imagine if she had sat down, and done a review of her performance in each area of her life? Perhaps she could have nabbed this weakness as soon as she gained five or ten pounds, compared to the 25 pounds.
Likewise, I once had a client who was achieving many of his travel and leisure goals, but it happened all at the expense of his savings, and he wasn’t ok with this. He was able to nip this one quickly, when he sat down and took the time to actually reflect on the negative consequences to his net worth.
Often times, we know what is working and what isn’t. We know what is going well, and what isn’t. However, unless we sit down to strategically think about all the different areas of our lives, and how our actions or lack of actions are affecting us, nothing truly sinks into our brains, and we don’t do anything about it. If you haven’t already, you’ll want to get into the habit of consistently evaluating how far you’ve come with your goals in each area of your life. Overtime, you can’t help but get better. Wherever attention goes, energy flows, and then the results will start showing up.
I recommend pulling out your evolving achievements binder, and starting a new section just for your personal improvement reviews. Start one page to list all your improvements and achievements, and start another page where you’ll list what didn’t go so well. It is beneficial to examine all areas of your life, including health/wellness, finances, career, leisure, personal growth, relationships and spirituality.
Some people prefer to evaluate their success by the area of their life, or some simply brainstorm all their achievements on the same page. If you choose this latter approach, you may even wish to go back and the organize your achievements by life area. You could even formalize the process further, by typing it up on your computer and printing if off. Organize yourself however you’d like. As long as you do the exercise.
Complete your personal improvement review preferrably in an inspiring, uplifting, or comfortable environment, one that also gives you enough privacy so that you can fully concentrate on reflecting back. One of my friends James, checked himself into a nice hotel in his home city, so that he could celebrate the entire process of not only documenting his improvements and accomplishments, but also so that he could celebrate the fact that he was even doing the actual exercise! To this day, James is one of the most successful people that I know, – both financially and in terms of pursuing what he is most passionate about. I’ve seen him make dramatic improvements and changes in his life, all for the better.
Good luck getting started!
How to Organize Your Brainstormed Ideas and Goals
Do you need a place to capture all your big dreams, ideas and lofty goals? I’m going to share with you my secret on how I organize my many goals and dreams.
I’ve decided to keep track of every whimsical goal that I’ve pondered.
For years, I wasted so much time and money on buying pretty journals and notebooks for writing down my goals. I’d end up not only writing down my goals, but I’d use those notebooks as a journal as well. So, my goals and other thoughts all became mixed up with no real functional order. Also, it became difficult to add in new goals, and delete my old irrelevant goals. It was also challenging to put all my various goals in different categories.
Of course, when those notebooks became full, I ended up throwing many of them out. After all, I had no need to keep all my journal entries, and I figured that I would just re-write out all my goals in the next notebook that I would buy.
You can avoid all these problems by putting together an ‘Evolving Achievements’ Binder . This is an easy to use, practical filing system that allows you to easily maintain, update and delete goals as you see fit. You will devote this entire binder to your goals. Think of it as a landing place for your ideas, desires and wants. The key is to capture those ideas so that you can evaluate them at a later time. I’ve decided to keep track of every whimsical goal that I’ve pondered.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1) A nice 3-ring binder
2) Lined paper to go inside your binder
3) Tabs or dividers
It’s so simple and easy to maintain, and since I’ve converted to this Evolving Achievement binder, I’ve never gone back to using journals for the purposes of organizing my goals.
Also, having the dividers or tabs will allow you to organize your goals by various categories that make sense to you. Whenever you think of a new idea, you simply find the tab/divider that corresponds to that type of goal, and add it in.
From time to time, because we are busy woman, there will be phases in our lives when we get side-tracked and abandon some of our goals. When you have your goals all organized in one spot, it prevents you from misplacing and forgetting or about your goals. It might sound a bit ludicrous to suggest that someone would forget about their goals, but it happens all time.
For instance, think of your to-do lists that you have. Imagine that you’ve written some of your errands on a few sheets of loose paper around the house, while some are in your journal, and others are in your calendar. When the list of errands is scattered all over the place you are bound to misplace, and thus forget about what you need to get done. You easily lose your focus.
It’s really no different with our goals. We need to keep them all organized in one place, – a place where we can be sure to find them! This way, when a period of time goes by and you haven’t attended to your goals, you’ll be able to pick up right where you last left off, without any delays.
The ‘Evolving Achievement’ binder will also allow you to insert your plans for how you’ll achieve your goals. Whenever you come across new resources, services, or other ideas about how you can achieve your goals, you’ll insert them in the same section along with those goals. As we’ll discuss later, once you have brainstormed and set your goals, you’ll need to devise a general plan or at least outline some steps that will allow you start taking actions toward your goals.
Just as people forget about their goals or get sidetracked, the same thing happens even after people have committed to their goals. They start taking action, and then they run into a few barriers. Once they get stuck, confused, or frustrated, they lose their focus, and forget about their plan and abandon it. When your plan is written down, you’ll never forget what your next steps are.
If you have multiple plans written down, you will always have something to return to, along with many other ideas for what you might try next to achieve your goals. Having a binder dedicated to achieving your goals will increase your confidence that you can indeed achieve those goals.
For me, the binder is like a concentrated source of energy that fuels my goals and propels me to take more and more actions toward those goals. This happens because it provides a person with a clarified focus. Everything you ever wanted to be, do or achieve, will be contained within this binder. The ideas have already been turned into something concrete and tangible. This helps you perceive and think about your goals more seriously just because you can see them! Then, the mere act of reading your goals over and over again, imprints them deeper and deeper into your subconscious mind.
So, what are you waiting for? Start your own ‘Evolving Achievements’ Binder today! Don’t loose sight of what is important to you.
Visualization need not be complicated, artsy and all creative. Many people including myself find it too tedious to do the traditional imaginative exercises in our heads. We lose concentration, we fall asleep, or for some other reason it just doesn’t appeal to us. So, here are some great ideas for the logical person who still wants the benefits of visual exercises, without having to imagine pictures in one’s head.
PRACTICAL VISUALIZATION TECHNIQUES
1. Print off a nicely organized list of your goals, or action steps for a particular goal, and then put your goals in a nice picture frame! Place this frame somewhere that you will see it every single day. How’s that for a nice visual? Rather than having your goals written on some piece of paper or notebook shoved in a drawer, now you have them up on display! You can get as obsessed as you want with this technique. You might have several different frames up, each entailing a list of action steps for your various goal projects. Or, you might have several frames up, each with the big picture objectives of your various goal categories.
2. Buy a really attractive or appealing greeting card from your local store. Inside that card, write out all your goals, or again, the actions steps for a particular goal. Keep this pretty card sitting on your night table, on your desk, or even posted on your fridge, wall or bulletin board. Whenever you have a spare minute, read through your goals and action steps.
By writing your goals and action steps in a beautiful card, it ensures that you don’t shove the card in a drawer where it will get lost. So since you write your goals down on something that you paid several dollars for, you are more likely to keep that card in an easily accessible, visible location.
3. Put your goals and actions onto your computer’s screen saver or regular desktop background. How’s that for a constant visualization reminder?
4. Program one of your big goals onto the face-top of your cell phone!
5. Forget showing off your driver’s license picture in your wallet. Instead, use that visual space to insert a printed version or a picture of what is most important for you to focus on completing right now! Maybe, you might even put a motivational quote or reminder in there.
6. Use Post-It sticky notes to write down all the action steps needed for one of your current life projects. Post it right beside your desk where you work most often. This way, whenever you encounter a lull in motivation or a barrier, you will constantly be reminded of the steps that you need to execute to continue on with your goal.
Often, when people run into barriers with their goals, they become foggy-minded, fooled, and disillusioned about their reality of what is happening. Soon, their fear and negative emotions paralyze them. Then, they forget what they need to do or try next to get started again. Don’t let the bumps in the road cause you to forget what to try next. Have this post-it of action steps on your wall so you are always have a visualization to remind you of what you need to do.
7. Use the power of email! Email yourself and in the subject title, simply write an action step or goal. Don’t ever delete this email until you have completed the action or achieved the goal. Every time you log in to your email, you will be reminded of your goals or action steps!
8. Create a vision board! Buy a bulletin board from Walmart, and hang it somewhere visible. Then, cut out pictures that symbolize what you want to do, be and have in your life. You can even post real pictures of you that show you achieving your goals. Keep on the look out of inspirational pictures in magazines, the newspapers, etc. Clip them out and post them on your board.
9. Use a whiteboard! using the dry erase markers that easily are wiped off, you can write your to-do list on here for the day, week, or month. Organize it however you want, but keep it somewhere you can see every single day.
10. Use a scrapbook! If you want a more private medium, then you can store all your visuals in a book. However, keep this book right by your bedside table. In the morning and/or evening, pull out your scrapbook, and flip through all the pictures as reminders.
11. Buy a hardcover, spiral bound journal of medium size – one that is really beautiful with nice designs on the pages. Buy a nice bookstand or picture stand, and place your journal on it. As your goals or to-do lists change, simply turn the page, update your list, and put back on your display stand! I love this one, and I keep mine sitting right on my desk by my monitor.
So, now you have a good handful of visualization techniques that do not involve lying down and listening to relaxational music. These are practical, and tangible strategies that are guaranteed to boost your productivity, keep you focused, and give you all the benefits of traditional visualization!
Here are some questions to leave you with:
1. What other visual symbols or tangible items could I put in my environment to remind me of my goals and required action steps?
2. What visual strategies have motivated me, or kept me focused on my goals in the past?
3. What do I have the most difficulty imagining or ‘seeing’ in terms of my success? How can I find a real visible snapshot of this?
The importance of goal setting is a very hot topic these days. We are always told to set goals if we want to be high achievers.
In fact, I’ll bet many people even take this advice for granted. After all, we hear it so much that we don’t know what to do with it.
If you want to start setting goals, but you are having difficulty getting motivated, then you need to the reasons for goal setting. Without knowing the benefits of setting a goal, you are unlikely to engage in any efforts or actions past the ‘dreaming’ stage.
This principle by the way, applies to any thing in life that you want. If you are lacking motivation, not following through, and not being persistent enough, than you need to step back, and write a list of all the benefits and positive consequences you will experience as a result of committing and working toward your goal.
Now you can see why a discussion on the importance of goal setting would not be complete without a list of the goal setting benefits! So, without further ado, here is a list of the benefits you will receive by setting goals.
Benefits and Importance of Goal setting
You’ve probably heard of the motivational quote, The road of ‘someday’ leads down the path to nowhere. Well, until you turn your dreams into smart goals, you are most likely headed down the path to nowhere.
And as the saying goes – that is not a place where you want to be! Especially if you are reading this website…
So, one way to think about the benefits of goal setting is that it gives you a clear, specific focus. The benefits of smart goal setting involves creating specific goals!
You cannot arrive at your preferred magical destination if you didn’t define one in the first place!
Think about all the important accomplishments that you achieved in your past. How did you achieve them?
I’m guessing that any important accomplishment first involved you identifying and getting specific about what it was that you wanted in the first place! You cannot take action steps toward any goal without first having a goal! Are you starting to see some of the benefits and importance of goal setting?
The Importance of Goal Setting and its Benefits
1. So, the first benefit of goal setting then, is getting clear on what you want. Here’s how and why this works. There is something in our brain, called our reticular activating system, and every time we write down a goal that we want to achieve, our reticular activating system creates an impression of this goal in our mind. This impression signifies the importance of the goal itself.
Then what happens is our brain does everything in its power to find evidence of this impression or goal in reality. Our brain begins to pay attention to information, resources, opportunities and people who can help us achieve this goal! Now we’re talking about the importance of goal setting…!
Think back to the last time you identified the new car you wanted to buy. After you went to the dealership to identify this car, and sign some papers, what did you notice next?
You probably became hypersensitive to noticing this car everywhere on the road! This is your reticular activating system hard at work!
The point of this, is to write down smart goals, so that your brain takes your goal seriously. Use the power and leverage of your mind! I love using this example to demonstrate the importance of goal setting and its benefits.
A similar example to illustrate the benefits of goal setting, is to think about your career development. As you moved through college or university, did you start to feel as though everyone and their brother was in your profession?
Did it seem as though everyone was after the same opportunities that you were?
Once again, this is because your reticular activating system is paying attention to all the resources and people that can potentially help you achieve your goal.
It’s not that everyone is in your profession, but rather, finally – you are paying attention to anything that can help you succeed in this profession.
The same will happen with goals in every area of your life. As you begin to work toward, and achieve new goals, you might begin feeling as though “so many people” are doing the same. Un-unh. No. You are just tapping into the power of your subconscious mind, and having it go to work for you!
2. Here is another great benefit that shows the importance of goal setting again. When you are actively writing down goals, it gives you a sense of control.
You are telling yourself, that you are actually committed to achieving this goal. Pardon the pun, but you aren’t just telling ‘yourself’ this, you are programming your brain, and putting in an order to make sure your goal becomes a reality! So, how can you not feel in control of your life when you do this?
3. Of course, when you feel in control of your life, your self-esteem is also likely to increase. How can you not feel good about yourself when you are in the driver’s seat turning your dreams into reality?
4. The importance of goal setting and its benefits, is that it gives you a LOT of momentum in your life. Like a snowball getting larger and larger, you begin to accumulate more and more accomplishments. This in turn creates a lot of unstoppable energy and leverage for you to begin taking all sorts of new actions.
If you are feeling a bit stuck in your life, and don’t know where to begin with your goals, you might want to start with your health goals. Many of my clients have found that moving their body and eating healthy has helped increase their energy and clarity. I’ve put together an excellent health and weight loss/maintenance program that encourages you to keep excellent habits. This is not just for weight loss – it is for healthy eating AND exercising. Everyone needs this program.
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5. Overall, you will feel a greater sense of passion and excitement in your life. It’s sort of like being on a roller coaster ride, but you are in the driver’s seat making things happen! As you set and write down your smart goals it should make you feel thrilled that you are beginning a new commitment to what is important to you. You might have heard of the saying – half of success is simply showing up. Well this reminds me of my personal advice to you – half of success is writing down your goals!
I know in my own personal experience, simply identifying my goals gives me a lot of passion, zest and confidence. It sort of makes me feel like I am living on the edge. Yes, – again, sort of like riding a roller coaster non-stop!
Now, who wouldn’t want that kind of fun in their lives? Call me crazy but…
Here is my piece of advice to you!
Live on the edge, or go hide in the hedge! It’s your choice, but I’d rather live on the edge, and begin reaping the benefits of setting smart goals!
6. Last, but not least – the importance of goal setting can also be found in some classic research studies. Read these now!.
If you are smart, you will try to remember all the benefits you will reap if you set goals, because, as I said, the more positive reasons you have for doing something, the more likely you are to do it!
Smart goal setting. Hmm… Is there really such a thing? Of course there is! Don’t you wonder what successful people are doing differently than those people who aren’t successful? Even if top achievers don’t realize it, they are applying the principles of smart goal setting almost all the time.
I know you’ve heard of the smart goal acronym probably many times before, but I don’t want you to read through this section unconsciously, like a laundry list. I believe people often do this because they aren’t satisfied or excited by what they read.
My goal is to explain smart goal setting on a new level – one that will increase your self-awareness and motivation!
Please Don’t take Smart Goal Setting for granted!
Do you want to know one principle or way of thinking that really separates successful people from nonsuccessful people? People of the latter take well known information on how to set goals for granted.
They’ve heard of the steps for goal setting, but they appear to be too simple, and so they avoid using those principles. Don’t let this happen to you! Instead of examining what advice they are “living” and incorporating into their lives – they are instead asking, “Show me something new! I want to learn something different”.
I once heard that success and achievement is the result of mastering the basics. So, as you read on, ask yourself if you are truly applying these principles in your life! Ready to learn about smart goals?
Smart goal setting means getting Specific!
What does this really mean to you? It means that you need to get really clear on what you want. How are you supposed to achieve a dream, if you don’t even have a dream? How are you supposed to be happy if you don’t know what makes you feel good? Ok, this is pretty ‘big picture’ thinking so far. Let me give a few more concrete examples so that you know what I’m really talking about.
Think about any big purchase that you’ve made in your past. Have you bought a house, a car, a big screen television, or a computer? Before you went out to buy this merchandise, what did you need to do first? You had to decide on exactly the type of ‘model’ that you wanted!
Think about the people you know that are really into buying cars. They are totally passionate about them, and they never stop talking, thinking or looking at them online. How much total time do you think they spend thinking about their goal? Some people spend hours every week browsing the models online, finding quotes, and going to dealerships to view the different cars.
“So what?”, you are thinking… Well, the point here is, if a person will spend many, many hours on a goal such as finding the right car to buy, then why shouldn’t a person spend this much time and energy getting clear on what they want in the other areas of their life? Does this make sense?
I can think of many times where I’ve spent hours and hours shopping simply for a particular piece of clothing. For instance, jeans are always hard for me to find! I don’t even want to think about how many hours I’ve spent on finding the right pair.
So, for me, it is motivating to ask myself, “Why wouldn’t I put the same amount of time into writing smart goals that are specific and clear?
In order to motivate yourself on creating specific and smart goals, I suggest you examine how much time you spend engaging in activities that really don’t give you a great return on your investment of time.
For instance, I must spend 4 hours every week blowdrying my hair. Perhaps you spend 6 hours watching reality television shows. Or, maybe you spend 3 hours every week (or god forbid – even more!) cleaning your house, or gossiping on the phone to people you don’t really care much about. If you are a student perhaps you spend 6 hours in a class every week that you don’t even care about.
You get my point! simply examine where and what you spend time on that gives you little in return. Then ask yourself – Why wouldn’t I spent time learning how to set and achieve smart goals?
Smart goal setting also requires that you think big!! For instance, let’s say your goal is to increase your income to $100,000 per year. Now, if that’s what you really want, that is fine, however, ask yourself if that truly is, specifically what you really want!? Does $100,000 per year get you really motivated? Just remember, it will take just as much energy to increase your income to $100,000 as it will to increase your income to $500,000 per year.
Every goal, whether it be a moderate size goal, or large goal requires time, energy and focus. So, if you are going to work on achieving any goal, make it a goal that is big, and that really inspires you!
Here is another example along this line. In building this website, I was told that it takes just as much energy to build a bad website, as it takes to build a successful website, so why not decide to create a goal that, for the same amount of energy will give me a successful product?
Another good analogy that hits on the point I’m trying to make is – I often hear people complain about how their age prevents them from going back to school.
“I’m 50 years old! If I go back to school now, I’m going to be 55 years old by the time I complete my goal!” The alternative way this person needs to think is, “Regardless of what I do, the time is going to arrive when I turn 55 years old, so why not turn 55 years old WITH a degree as opposed to WITHOUT a degree?!”
My final point is – if you are using smart goal setting – you might as well do it right! Be specific, and get really clear on what you want. Your smart goal itself should motivate and inspire you. Forget the stupid advice given on smart goal setting that you need to be realistic.
The objective, goal or target itself does not need to be realistic. I can’t stand when I hear this bad advice! Only your action steps need to be broke down into realistic steps. But, in general, smart goal setting is about thinking big and then having the guts to get specific and to choose an aim that is worth your time and energy!
Smart Goal Setting always motivates you!!!
Part of writing smart goals, is also writing down what will motivate you to achieve those goals! For instance, if your goal is to lose 10 pounds, then you must create a list of all the positive benefits you will have if you do actually lose 10 pounds.
Do you do this on a regular basis? Have you ever taken the time to write out your list of reasons? I’m guessing that about only 3% of the population does this! If you can get in the habit of doing this, you will literally see yourself reaching higher and higher levels of success.
When you watch an informercial/commercial, or the shopping channel – what do you notice? They always talk about what’s in it for YOU! They have to highlight all the benefits, all the positive consequences you will experience as a result of purchasing their product!
Viewers may know that they should buy the exercise equipment being advertised, but they won’t do it unless they have a bunch of reasons that motivate them into using actually using that equipment.
The second thing you need to motivate yourself, is to make a list of the negative consequences or all of the pain you will experience if you don’t achieve your goal! Just think, how awful will you feel if you don’t commit to making this smart goal a reality?
Remember, as Anthony Robbins has popularized, people want to move toward pleausre, and move away from pain. So, the more you understand the benefits of achieving your goal, and the negative consequences of not achieving your goal, – the more persistent and motivated you will be at achieving your goal! Does that make sense?
This concept of self-motivation alone can work wonders. But it will only work if you use it! Remember knowledge alone is not power – it is only potential power if you act on that knowledge! If you only take one thing away from smart goal setting – let it be this!
Smart Goal Setting means consistently taking action!
Smart goal setting is all about taking massive action. For some people, the word ‘action’ itself is overwhelming. People feel like it is a major task to take action, or to carry out tasks. Well, there are many different ways to think about taking action. First of all, taking action does not need to feel uncomfortable.
Taking action is all about forming the necessary habits, patterns of behaving and thinking, routines, and systems that will set you up for success. The achievement of every goal boils down to being able to commit to a few key habits on a consistent basis. This is what leads to big accomplishments!
No matter what goals you are struggling with, ask yourself what activities you can systematize or make automatic. What habits are easy for you to start forming in your life, and easy for you to stick to? Remember, forming habits are like building muscles. Over time, you strengthen your habits just as you strengthen your muscles, and working toward your smart goal gets a lot easier!
If you are not getting closer to achieving the major goals in each area of your life, then you should begin to examine what habits you have in place on a regular basis that are moving you toward that goal. The answer is probably, none. Or your actions are too inconsistent. Find a system that you can stick to!
Smart Goal Setting means realistic action steps
Remember how I said that creating a bunch of realistic goals is a bunch of B.S.? Smart goal setting is all about thinking big! However, what makes smart goal setting ‘smart’, is that you have to come up with realistic action steps.
For instance, if your goal is to write a 500 page fiction novel, and you work a fulltime job and have children, then you are going to need a feasible plan of actions to attain your goal, – an action plan that you can follow through with.
You need to ask yourself, “realistically, what am I willing to do each week to achieve my goal?” If you work until 5pm each day, how much time in the evenings can you spend writing? How many days a week can you do this?
Basically, you want to set yourself up for success, by ensuring that your actions can be turned into solid, somewhat predictable routines, habits, systems or patterns of behaving that you can actually stick to, and follow through with.
It is not the big goal that people find overwhelming. Instead, it is their plan of what they have to do in order to achieve that result. Some people’s expectations of themselves are so great that they never get started with an action plan to accomplish their goals. This is so unfortunate.
Remember, with each action you take, you learn and accomplish more and more. You build momentum, and everything becomes easier!
Smart Goal Setting puts a Time or Date on your Goal!
I know, I know, – this sounds like such boring advice so much that I hate to repeat it. What might be the value in putting a deadline on your smart goals?
First of all, it creates a sense of urgency. Secondly, it gives you a big picture for what actions you need to start working on now, and how much time you need to invest in those actions to make your goal a reality.
If you want to be financially free in a year from now, then, it helps to create a picture for what you’ll need to do in the mean time. You might start to realize that you need to start saving 20% of your paycheck now, as opposed to waiting two months from now.
You might realize that you need to take courses on options trading. You might realize you’ll need to run a business part-time in addition to your regular job if you have one. In summary then, it is important to use deadlines, to help you plan what needs to be done during your days, weeks, and months.
Here is some more motivation for you to demonstrate this point. Remember when you were a student? You were always given deadlines weren’t you? And was it effective? Did you usually get the work done that needed to be done? You bet you did! Maybe it wasn’t quite perfect, but it was good enough to move you on to your next grade or level of education.
So, if you participate in other people’s deadlines, and if you were productive to meet other people’s goals, than why would you not give the same gift to yourself? Why would you not hold yourself up to the same high standards?
There! Now you have some of the basics on smart goal setting. Remember, these points are only a few of the main points. This is not meant to be a fully comprehensive list of what you need to do in order to achieve your smart goals.