Steps to Set and Achieve Your Goals....Part 1

Top achievers know that the wording, structure, timing and format of a goal can make its achievement much easier or far more difficult. Top achievers understand the basic skills for setting and reaching goals, every time! They know how to design goals that create success. Here are 10 steps that I believe will help you achieve your goals.

1. Reachable goals are SPECIFIC. Top achievers know that to reach their goals, the brain must know exactly, precisely, what they are trying to accomplish.  Never word a goal with a vague term like "some" or "a little bit", or "more." Be specific! If you want to lose 10 pounds and reach a weight of 175, specify those exact numbers. If you want to save $400 this month, be exact. Your brain can help you accomplish almost anything if it knows precisely what you are aiming for.

2. Reachable goals are SIMPLE. Many people describe their goals in complex dreams of retiring on the beautiful island of Hawaii, with a live in cook, and lots of money, and.....Their list goes on and on.  Any one of those things is a great goal, but the combination becomes overwhelming and the brain gets confused. If you want to retire in Hawaii, just say so! If you want to increase your sales by 20% this month, say so! Keep your goals simple, clear, and focused.

3. Reachable goals are SIGNIFICANT. No one can muster the enthusiasm, hard work and courage to reach a goal they really don't car about.  A reachable goal is one you really, really, REALLY want! It's something that will change your life, enhance your health or wealth, and make you proud. It gets your juices flowing, gets you up in the morning, and keeps you going all day long, because it is important! Set goals that are worth achieving!

4. Reachable goals are STRATEGIC. High achievers no that the best goals accomplish many great outcomes, all at one time. Running a 10K race will almost certainly: (a) fell great (b) strengthen your heart (c) help you lose weight (d) lower your cholesterol level (e) lower your risk of heart disease (f) increase your energy and stamina (g) improve your outlook.  Design your goals to impact strategically as many areas of your life as possible.   You have more reasons to reach your goals and more excitement when you do!

5. Reachable goals are MEASURABLE.  A goal without measurable outcome is just a pipe dream. You can't achieve 2  pounds of "happiness" or 10 inches of "self-esteem" but you CAN start a new business. You CAN run a mile in under 7 minutes or do 100 crunches. Someone has wisely observed that. "What gets measured, gets done. "Define your goals in terms of height, weight, dollars, inches, or hours. Then measure your progress until you achieve your desired outcome.