Goal Setting 101

We talk about goals in our culture often.  New Year’s Resolutions, weight loss goals, exercise goals, income goals, etc.  Usually, though, when I hear people talking about what they want, I hear “wishes,” instead of “goals”.  According to Merriam-Webster, there is a difference.

Definition of wish

transitive verb

1:to have a desire for (something, such as something unattainable) 

  • wished he could live his life over

Definition of goal

1a :the terminal point of a race
b :an area to be reached safely in children’s games

2:the end toward which effort is directed :aim 

  • The goal is high-speed rail travel.

In all the books I have read lately (I’ve read more books in the last month than I have in the last five years) there is one common theme. Successful people, millionaires, professional athletes, CEO’s of companies, Chefs in the best restaurants, and every leader in sales, set goals for themselves. SMART goals. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound. There are no accidents.

My challenge to you this Monday morning, is to set some SMART goals. If you’ve never done it before, start small. Write it down. Put it somewhere you can see it. Set yourself up for success.
Then plan your activities around that goal. Let me know what you’ve accomplished!