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Think back to New Year’s Day. Like most Americans, you were probably full of hope and fired up to start 2015. You knew in your heart that this would be the year to succeed.
Fast forward seven months. It’s now August, and all those goals you’ve set are about as close to coming true as you are to hanging out with Prince William and Kate. Sure, you both have kids, but don’t hold your breath for that invitation. So what happened (with your resolutions, not the royals)?
In order for goals to work, they must contain the components below. Miss one of them, and you’re in the land of the 92% of us who make New Year’s resolutions and never accomplish them. Hit them all, and you’ll be well on your way to success. And remember, your goals aren’t just for work. You should have them for all areas of your life, including:
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Here are four steps to help you accomplish any goal.
1. Write Your Goals Down
It’s awesome to dream, and you should never stop thinking what you can be. But to actually achieve milestones, you have to get your goals down on paper. When they’re in writing, you’ll stay on track and reach them.
2. Keep It Specific and Measurable
For goals to work, you need to zero in on exactly what you want to accomplish. For example, saying that you want to lose weight won’t cut it. Instead, how about “I would like to drop 20 pounds.” It’s specific and includes an exact (measurable) amount.
3. Set a Time Limit
Once you have your target, create a plan and break it all the way down to daily activities. Then give yourself a deadline. For example, I would like to lose 20 pounds by December 1. How many times do you need to work out each week? What will be your calorie intake each day? While preparing your strategy, it will soon become clear whether or not your goals are obtainable.
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4. Own It!
One of the easiest ways to fail is trying to accomplish someone else’s goals. If your Aunt Edna wants you to be the most successful podiatrist in the tri-state area, it won’t happen unless that’s your dream too. Why? Because as we all know, striving to win is not for the weak of heart. It’s tough. And you won’t have the courage to fight through if you aren’t working toward your own goals.
As Dave and thousands of successful people across the country have proven, turning your dreams into reality can be accomplished. And it all begins by setting realistic goals. So take time to write down your goals and follow the rest of the steps. You’ll be amazed with the outcome.
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