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What's so SMART About Being Realistic?


A big mistake people make when they set goals is listen to the “gurus” who say to use the SMART goals setting process You know the letters

Systematic

Measurable

Attainable

Realistic

Time Bound

Wait realistic? I have no problem with this process right up until someone tells me to be realistic. Did you ever have a conversation with someone and they told you they were a realist? They might as well say they are either a dream killer or never dream themselves. Realistic keeps you in the worst possible place you could ever be. Your Comfort Zone!! That is the pace you have been all along and what has it really gotten you. The acronym need to be taught this way

Systematic

Measurable

Attainable

Relevant

Time Bound

Can you feel the difference there? Your goal must be relevant to you. We see this all the time when talking to people. They say their realistic goal is to lose XX amount of weight. Often this is because they have struggled with losing weight in the past and that is usually around where they break from the stress of feel lousy and the pressure goes away. They fall back into their old habits because, WELSH I lost those 30 pounds finally! But they didn’t lose the habits and mentality that got them to where they started in the first place. To them they are just being realistic.

You might now say Mike but what about attainable? If I offered you a million dollars for a simple task would you do it? Attainable isn’t what we think we can achieve (that’s realistic). Attainable is what we believe we can achieve through action (this is the real law of attraction). Teddy Roosevelt said “If you believe you can do it you are half way there”. It is the strong believe we can do something that will keep us focused on the actions to complete it.

What about the others? A system can be many things, a mentor, a roadmap of the process or just about anything that you put in place to keep you centered and on task. Measurable is really easy What do you want from achieving this goal? Weight loss? Money? Fame (remember this is fleeting)? How will you know when you reached a goal if you can’t measure it?

Time Bound This is a time you set. Simple right? I will do this by that date. I will be earning this much by that date. All of these are time constraints. This isn’t a guarantee of meeting that goal but if you start out with a dollar and set a goal of 100,000 dollars in your pocket in 1 year and you make 90,000 are you better off? Did you achieve 90 percent of your goal?

And here is the most important part. The goal isn’t really the end. It’s a mile marker and as you approach it that would be a good time to look around and set the next goal with even bigger dreams. Life isn’t intended to be spent standing still. And if reaching all your life goals has been achieved then you stopped being a visionary.

Always ask yourself, What’s next?

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