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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