Smart Goals

“It you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal – not to people or things.”
– Albert Einstein

A great way to set up your goals is to use the time-tested SMART Goals method.  The acronym SMART stands for:
• Specific
• Measurable
• Attainable
• Realistic
• Time-Oriented.

Let’s define each aspect.

Specific

“I’ve always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific.”
– Lily Tomlin

To reach your goal of a happy life, you need specify what brings you pleasure and happiness.  You need specific goals that you want to reach in order for your conscious and subconscious mind to find ways to make your goals a reality.  Specific goals enable you to measure whether you are reaching your goals or not.  Therefore you’ll know if you need to adjust your approach to obtaining your goals.

Measurable

“Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so.”
– Galileo Galilei

When something is measurable, you have a clear indication whether you have attained it or not.  For example, simply saying, “I want to earn more money.” is not measurable.  However, saying, “I want to earn 30% more money this year than I did last year.” is measurable.  You need to regularly monitor your progress along the way and measure it.  At the 3-month mark, how much more money are you making compared to last year at this time? Or, if your goal is to have 5 extra days of time off each month, how many days off did you have last month?

Attainable

“Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”
– Lord Chesterfield

Whatever your goal, make sure it is something you can really achieve.  It is not an attainable goal when you say that you want to be a professional football player or a prima ballerina by the years’ end when you’ve never had training in these areas.

When you have a realistic life plan that you absolutely commit to, you will have astonishing progress.  In everything you do, you will send out a signal that will attract your goals to you just as much as you move towards your goals. At the thousands of crossroads in life, you will get the extra guidance that you need to take the right road.

Your subconscious will awaken and it will become your greatest alley.  It will think for you, try thousands of combination of ideas, and give you the answer that you were not able to see consciously. Having a clear plan for your life will help you, even if all you do is write the plan.

Realistic

“Be optimistic and realistic at the same time.”
– Hans Johansen

You need to be realistic when setting goals.  While you’d probably love to win the lottery one day, that’s not a realistic goal.  Disappointment and regret are often the result of unrealistic expectations.  To avoid disappointment and regret, you need to align your expectations with what you can reasonably achieve.  In fact, you might even want to take the careful route and expect a bit less.  This way you will be positively surprised.  Tell yourself, “Promise less and deliver more.”

Time-Oriented

“Goals are dreams with deadlines.”
– Diana Scharf Hun

A goal without a deadline is merely a wish. Simply saying, “I want to be a professional ice skater one day,” gives you nothing concrete.  You have no real plan to follow.  However, if you say, “I want to be a professional ice skater within 5 years,” you have a clear time horizon in mind and the goal becomes real.  Give each goal an end time for completion.  That’s the only way you’ll stay on track.

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Table of Contents


I. Chapter One: Introduction to Life Planning


II. Chapter Two: Your Past



III. Chapter Three: The Influence Of Generations



IV. Chapter Four: Your Present



V. Chapter Five: Your Future



VI. Chapter Six: Your Alternatives



VII. Chapter Seven: Making The Decision

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