Setting Goals that Work

The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty. – Proverbs 21:5

“Are you a goal setter? Do you typically set goals at the first of the year? If not, why not? Goals give you a starting point and a destination. It is the easiest way to give meaningful direction to your life, which releases you to effectively use your talents,” Dan Miller writes in his book 48 Days to the Work You Love.

So what do you want to accomplish and become this year? This year doesn`t have to be like previous years. You can set goals and keep them. Don`t just dream about how you wish things would be. Develop a plan and make it happen! Something amazing happens in our lives when we take the time to write down our specific goals, not just keeping them intangible thoughts in our brains.

Goals that work must be:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Yours
  • Time-sensitive
  • Written

“Saying you want to be a better mommy, have a better job, or learn a new language is admirable, but without listing steps of measurable, specific goals, you will not move toward any specific action. Then another year will pass without any real change,” Miller quotes.

Don`t get discouraged if your goals aren`t accomplished in the exact way and down to the second the way you originally planned. Some flexibility is definitely needed, but as long as you are focused on the end goal and are taking proactive steps toward achieving it, you are an achiever and on your way to great things.

As Earl Nightingale put it, “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” You can be successful this year with your specific, measurable, and time-sensitive written goals!

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