Monday, February 28, 2011
"Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire." Napoleon Hill
An easy way to "reduce your plan to writing" is to write down your goals. Specific goals are easier to accomplish than vague general ones. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and they have a time component, a deadline.
You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Listing your goals opens your mind to possibilities and allows you to see the many opportunities available to help you reach your desires.
Specific - A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. A goal that is specific answers the who, what and when questions, and is stated in present tense. For example, "I am receiving X number of dollars per day" is a much more specific goal than "I want to make more money."
Measurable - Set guidelines so you will know how you are progressing. Achieving small steps on the way to your goal will keep you motivated. When you track your progress, you will be much more likely to stay on task, and reach your goal.
Measurable goals answer questions such as......How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?
Attainable - “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.” William Arthur Ward
The most important question is " how can I get there from here"...
Start where you are to determine the steps you will have to take to achieve your goal. What actions, education, skills, traits, etc., do you need? If you don't have them now, how will you get them, how long will it take and are you willing to put forth the effort needed to get closer to your goal?
Realistic - To be realistic, a goal must be within the realm of possibility and you should truly believe you can actually achieve it. A worthy goal should be a stretch for you to accomplish, but an exciting stretch. A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal doesn't have the same motivational factor.
Timely - A goal should have a time limit. Without a time limit, the goal is just a dream. If you want to earn $100, when do you want to receive it? "Someday" won't work. But if you anchor it within a time frame, "by April 1st", then you've set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.
T can also stand for Tangible - A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing. When your goal is tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.
Don't be afraid to set lofty goals....Set smaller goals as stepping stones along the way. Accomplishing the small goals will keep you motivated to reach the larger goals and completing the small steps gives you confidence to keep going...Success really does breed success.
If one of your goals is to be your own boss or make some extra cash online, I hope you will set your personal goals using the SMART goal guidelines, and then use the successful steps I have taken in "Getting Started with PTCs" to help you start earning real cash income online.
If you need any help or have any comments, I'll be here, fulfilling my goals while I'm clickin' for pennies and collectin' $$$$$$$$