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Why you should Set SMART Goals

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Goal setting is critical to achieving your goals in life no matter what they may be. We all want to achieve different things. And the first step to achievement is clarity. Once you are clear about what you want, you have a good chance of actually achieving it.

When it comes to goal setting, it’s important to set SMART goals. This is an acronym that I learned back in college and it has proven time and time again to be very effective. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time bound.

Last month I set a goal to learn double unders by the end of November. For those who aren’t familiar with this, a double under is an exercise done on a jump rope popularized by Crossfit. Its similar to your regular jump rope except that the rope makes two revolutions per jump instead of just one. The first double under appeared in Crossfit.com in 2001. So in order to accomplish this, you need to jump higher, flip the rope faster and practice. A lot. So practice I did. I started going to the box 30 minutes early whenever I could so I could practice my double unders. It may look easy but it’s a very tiring skill to master.

I practiced for weeks to no avail. I could only do 1-2 double unders at a time and it wasnt enough. The days slipped by swiftly until it was the last week of November already. I was at the end of my timeline! Then today, I practiced double unders again and I got it. Finally.

The reason why a lot of people don’t get what they want is because they are unclear about what they really want. For instance, a common goal of most people is the desire to be financially wealthy. But rich can be relative. How rich do you want to be? How many millions do you want to accumulate? What’s the timeline? Instead of saying, “I want to be rich”, a better goal would be, “I want to accumulate 2M by Dec 2018.” It’s specific, measurable, achievable, realistic (well this will depend on how you plan to do it), measurable and time bound. Or perhaps your goal is to lose weight. How much would you like to way? What’s your timeline? What’s your strategy?

Dreams are goals with a deadline.
-Napoleon Hill

Whenever I set goals I specify what I want. Then I place a time line. Then I decide on my strategy. And then I do it. Whether it’s achievable or realistic, that’s entirely up to my mindset. I’ve decide way before that I can do anything I set my mind to. And so can you. Its also important to write down your goals. Goals become clearer when they’re written down. Then chunk down your big goals into smaller,bite size pieces. Just like in Crossfit, if you cant do the actual workout yet, you can scale do to an easier version.  The important thing is there’s progress in every workout. Whenever you achieve a goal, you gain confidence and momentum.

I apply this practice of goal setting not only with Crossfit but with every area of my life. With my work as a Real Estate Broker here in Cagayan de Oro, with our company – Truly Wealthy Realty, with my relationships with Christ and other people. It has truly served me well. I hope you can try it out too. You wont regret it.

The world is ours to create. Success comes from the inside out. Believe you can and you can.

May you live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

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The Power of Clarity

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One thing that successful people have in common is clarity. They are very specific about the goals that they want to achieve.

It makes sense. How can you get what you want if you don’t know (or are not very clear) about what you want? Goal setting has always been an effective way for me to reach my goals. I would sit down, and write down what I want.

One of the things I learned in nursing was that you had to set SMART goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.

A friend of mine said, “My goal is to be happy.” That’s a reasonable goal. I, too, want to be happy. I mean, who wants to be miserable? To be happy is a good goal. But it’s not very SMART. How do you define happiness? Is it having a happy family? Traveling the world? Being successful in your career? A vague goal is hard to achieve. So it’s important to be as specific as possible.

Or let’s say your goal is to be “financially independent.” How do you define financial independence? Is it an income of P50,000 a month? P500,000 month? Or 1 million a month? Also, set a realistic deadline. If you earn P20,000 a month now, saying that you would like to have a million pesos next month isn’t very realistic. Maybe you can start with P50,000, then P100,000 and so on. Once you’ve set a specific and realistic goal, put a deadline. When would you like to achieve your goal of financial independence? This year, next year, or in five years?

A goal is a dream with a deadline.

-Napoleon Hill

We first have to be clear about our goals. When our goals are clear, then we will be able to come up with how we can achieve them. The “what” comes first. The “how” comes after.

Whatever you want, write them down. Draw pictures. Pinterest your goals. Seeing them clearly will motivate you to work towards achieving them. We humans are intrinsically teleological creatures. The word teleology comes from the greek word telos which means meaning or purpose. This means that we are very goal-oriented. We function better when we know what the purpose for our labor is. What the end goal is.

Humans are capable of intentionally pursuing goals that they consciously set for themselves, and thus a different order of teleology applies to them, one which places them in the domain of ethics and politics.

– Monte Ransome Johnson

When I was in high school, I dreamt of being the CEO of my own company. I wanted to run my own business and have the time of my life doing it. Fast forward 13 years later and that dream has come true.

I don’t believe that I’m better than anyone. In fact, there are tons of people that I can think of who are way better than I am. But it’s not about having a high IQ, it’s about setting SMART goals and working on them.

Matthew 7:7-8

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

We all have goals we want to achieve. The question is, have you taken the time to actually write them down?

If you haven’t perhaps you can take the time to do them today.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

The Power of Commitment

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The ability to commit wholeheartedly – this is what separates the achievers from the dreamers.

We all want to achieve something. But so few actually do something about it.

What is commitment?

It’s about trying again one more time after getting rejected again and again.

It’s about waking up early on a Sunday even though you’d rather sleep in to serve at kid’s church.

It’s about meeting a client even at short notice because you want to provide excellent service at all times.

True commitment inspires people and attracts them to you like moths to a flame. A person committed to a cause will attract loyal followers. Why? Because people buy into the leader first before they will buy into the vision.

Commitment always comes before success and it is mainly tested through action. It’s easy to say something but doing it is another story. When you are committed, you will not only say it, you will also follow through.

In the early 1950’s, a man named Corbin Sanders was forced to close his once-successful restaurant due a change in circumstance. At 66 years old, he was forced to live on his Social Security check of $105 a month. Then he had an idea. He had a delicious chicken recipe that everybody loved. He would sell his chicken recipe to restaurants and in return, he would ask for 5 cents for every chicken sold. So he got into his car and traveled all over America to meet up with restaurant owners. His recipe was good but he got rejected again, again and again. In fact he got rejected 1,009 times! On his 1,010th try, he finally found someone who agreed to buy his recipe. The rest is history. He eventually opened his own restaurant and today, the  restaurant he founded, now has 18,000 outlets in 114 different countries. The name of his restaurant is KFC.

If C. Sanders was not committed to his goal, he would have stopped after one or two rejections. Had he done this, KFC wouldn’t exist today. This is the power of commitment. First, you believe in your product. Second, you act. Third, you keep going.

Many people are afraid to commit to something (or someone) mainly because they are afraid they wont be able to follow through. But if you don’t commit, you wont be able to achieve anything worthwhile. The most successful people I know are also the most committed.

According to John Maxwell in his book The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, there are 4 types of people.

  1. Cop-outs. People who have no goals and don’t commit.
  2. Holdouts. People who don’t know if they can reach their goals so they are afraid to commit.
  3. Dropouts. People who start toward a goal but quit when the going gets tough.
  4. All-outs. People who set goals, commit to them, and pay the price to reach them.

Now the question is, which one are you?

Every time you commit to something and follow through, you build your sense of self-esteem and self-worth. That is why it is also important to choose which causes to commit to. Know what you really want to fight for.

You have to be uncompromised in your level of commitment to whatever you are doing, or it can disappear as fast as it appeared…  Excellence isn’t a one-week or one-year ideal.  It’s a constant. There will be days when you don’t feel on top of your game, or meetings in which you aren’t at your best, but your commitment remains constant. No compromises. – Michael Jordan

What do you want to commit yourself to this year?

Choose wisely. Then follow through.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex