- The more specific the better.
- Put a time frame on them.
- Be ambitious with your goals.
- Expect change.
- Review your goals regularly to see if you are going in the right direction and adjust your tactics.
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That seems like a contradictory thing to say, why would it be OK to miss our goals? What is the point of having goals if we are not going to meet them?
Goals are a way to focus our efforts, in a direction that makes sense to us ... today.
Along the way "stuff happens" some of which we plan for, some of which we do not. Some of that stuff will be negative and some of it will be positive.
THAT "stuff" will determine where we go next!
I believe that if you asked ANY super successful person today whether their goals looked exactly like where they ended up they would have to admit that the result looks very different than what they expected.
I also believe that for many of them, they far exceeded their expectations.
When I left school I wanted to be a car mechanic, and that quickly morphed into an aircraft mechanic when I joined the Royal Navy. My plans at that time saw me moving up the ranks, but did not even contemplate a move into the officer ranks.
When I became a computer programmer my goals would have seen me move into the management ranks, but not even an executive level.
My move into a sales role saw my ambitions grow, as I saw that as a chance to reach an executive level.
Never in any of these transitions did I see myself as a business owner.
Stuff happens along the route of life that we can take and use.
"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." Charles R. Swindoll
We use goals to have somewhere to aim, that is hopefully a better place than where we are today. Some people will naturally aim higher than others.
"If you don't know where you are going any road will get you there." Lewis Carroll
So, as you go through life you should set yourself some goals.