Goal Getter

focus goal getter goals s.m.a.r.t. smart goals Feb 24, 2020

We’re only 2 months into the year and it already feels like a decade has passed. With so much time gone, one would think I would be crossing item after item off of my to-do list. It hasn’t quite worked out that way yet. But I’m hopeful, especially because recently I realized how much I need to focus. I spent all of New Year’s Eve writing out this massive goal list of things I wanted to accomplish for the year and by the middle of this month, I was stressed out about the fact that I wasn’t going to finish everything on my list.

Then I was reading this book entitled The Miracle Morning and the author Hal Elrod speaks about having anywhere between 3-5 goals per year. 3-5, meanwhile I’m looking at my overly ambitious goal list of over 30 goals to accomplish in 2020. It was time to take a step back. I started with the things that have been goals for a while – things I said I’ve been wanting to do for the past couple years and decided to make them a priority. So, now I have a new, short goal list of 6 things I need to accomplish (I still had to push the envelope over 5), but one of the goals I was already in the process of completing so it doesn’t really count.

Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Once I narrowed down my goals, I analyzed them. Were they S.M.A.R.T.? Meaning were they specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely? Goals that lack these characteristics are nearly impossible to attain because they’re not realistic. And if you start with unrealistic goals in mind, you’ll struggle to make a plan of action toward completion. People talk about making goals all the time, they just never tell you how. Making goals is an artform and not something to take lightly. It’s more than a wish list – it has to be described with particularity; you must know exactly what it looks like once it’s accomplished; it must be challenging yet achievable; a goal must be relevant to what your purpose or mission is in life; and it must have a deadline for achieving. When I determined that my goals contained all of the S.M.A.R.T. components, I knew it was time to make a plan.

The FOCUS Acronym by Robert Kiyosaki

Before I started making my to-do list for my goals, I thought of Robert Kiyosaki’s acronym for FOCUS – Follow One Course Until Successful. And that’s exactly what I needed to do – focus. Previously, I’d been working on a number of my goals simultaneously and pulling myself in all sorts of directions. And I wasn’t completing any one thing, just getting nowhere fast with all of them. So, I decided to focus on one goal at a time. And it’s been absolutely freeing. With mental freedom comes clarity and now I’m remembering exactly why I started this journey to begin with. And with that comes motivation. 

So let’s g-g-get it! 

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