Learn How to Incorporate the Secrets of Successful People into Your Business
What is it about successful people that makes them so, well, successful? If you take the time to study truly successful people – read books they’ve written, watch interviews they’ve given, and research their backgrounds – you’ll quickly start to see some common traits emerge.
First, they create and pursue S.M.A.R.T. goals. What does that mean? S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. These are not your general, run-of-the-mill goals. Instead, these are goals in alignment with your overall vision of what you want to accomplish, and it provides a pathway to success.
For example, a general goal might be something like, “Lose weight.” But, a S.M.A.R.T. goal would be:
Specific – Lose 30 lbs. Studies show that the more specific the goal is, the more likely it will be achieved.
Measurable – Lose 30 lbs. in 90 days. By setting a target date for the goal, you establish a realistic timeline. In this example, a person would work toward losing 10 lbs. per month for three consecutive months.
Attainable – Lose 30 lbs. in 90 days by losing 10 lbs. each month for three consecutive months. By breaking down the overall goal into manageable segments, you’ll use the smaller, 10-lb. victories to motivate you to keep working toward the ultimate goal.
Relevant – Lose 30 lbs. in 90 days to become healthier. For the person who has committed to living a healthy lifestyle, this specific goal is extremely relevant. It is a goal that matters and will more than likely be achieved.
Timely – Lose 30 lbs. in 90 days to fit in that dress for best friend’s wedding. By establishing a timeline and target date, you may be able to avoid the day-to-day distractions that may throw you off course.
S.M.A.R.T goals help keep you focused on what it is you need to do to accomplish your task.
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Incorporate them into your game plan for your life, career or business. Deceptively simple, they are not always easy to accomplish. You’ll be pushed outside your comfort zone, but in the end it will be worth it, as you become one of those successful people.
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