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Why is goal setting important to you in your personal and career choice?

Shoot For The StarsGoal setting is an ongoing life long process that defines what direction an individual wants to go.  Usually this is an idea or a wish for change in personal, business, relationship, etc.   The SMART goal process is easy to apply.

The biggest problem for most people in goal writing is where to start.  The first step is to decide what area of your life you want to improve or change.  Would you like to drink more glasses of water each day?  Would you like to have your credit cards under control?  Does your business endeavors need expanding?

Take out a sheet of paper immediately.  Quickly, write down some things that you would like to see happen in your life.  Cover all areas of your life, personal, relationship, business, charity, etc.  You may have several in one category and none in another.  Keep writing until you cannot think of anything else, but keep the list handy, because once this process starts, it will keep flowing.

Everyone remembers setting a New Year’s resolution and two days into the New Year, the resolution is completely forgotten.  The downfall for most people is that they do not write down their resolution.  Pure and simple, the act of writing commits you.  This commitment gives the goal setting power.  With written goals, everything gets accomplished.  The SMART principle is the trick to setting goals that gets them accomplished.

  • Specific “Drink more water” is not specific.  Drink 8 glasses of water per day, is.
  • Measurable You must be able to calculate results on your efforts.  This goes back to being specific.  By stating the desire to drink 8 glasses of water a day, you can record your progress.
  • Attainable Steps This is a very important aspect.  If you are not a good water drinker, it doesn’t bode well for saying that tomorrow I will drink 8 glasses of day.  However, 4 glasses a day would be a good start
  • Relevant The more relevant your goal is, the greater the chances for success.  If drinking more water improves your health and makes you feel better, you will be more apt to succeed.
  • Time Bound There has to be a time frame.  This binds specific and measurable together.  Now you need to pick a time-frame to your goal.

The whole idea is to set yourself up for the win.  Put SMART into action. Examples of a personal or business SMART plan can be found on my hubpage. Click here for a copy of a free SMART goal chart.

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