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  • When it comes to chasing our dreams the only way I know to track our progress is to create

  • milestones.

  • Milestones show us what we are accomplishing and allow us to see how we accomplish even

  • more.

  • If you have stopped to read any of the statistics or articles on goal setting before, you will

  • have read two things.

  • People without goals are not as successful as they hope to be.

  • People who don't write down goals are less likely to accomplish them.

  • What I have found over the last 10 years of dream chasing is how important goals are in

  • the grand picture of seeing your dreams come true.

  • Goals give us momentum to push through adversity we experience while chasing our dreams.

  • This year, there was a huge push not to set goals.

  • People were sharing about how terrible they felt last year when they failed to meet their

  • goals or how they never really followed through with achieving them.

  • So, should we even set goals to try to see our dreams come true?

  • YES!

  • The problem for so many people is that they haven't created goals which will help them

  • succeed.

  • And their inability to follow through because of fear or poor goal creation holds them back.

  • This was me about ten years ago.

  • I would set goals at the beginning of the year, and then never go back and look at them.

  • I would have these really vague, general ideas of things I wanted to accomplish, but never

  • create action steps or any plans to achieve anything.

  • This is why goals fail.

  • You have probably heard of the SMART goal system.

  • This is a great system.

  • In fact, when I finally got tired of never accomplishing my goals, I learnt about it

  • and started to see some of my goals achieved.

  • And then, I learned about theERin goal setting.

  • Let's start putting some goals together using the SMARTER System.

  • Specific - Sounds pretty simple right?

  • Just write something down that is specific.

  • The question is: how specific do I need to be?

  • The answer: the more specific you are, the easier it will be to quantify your results

  • along the way.

  • For example, if you want to lose weight, to be more specific, how much weight do you want

  • to lose?

  • Better yet, what weight would you like to be at the end of pursuing your goal?

  • A specific goals says this: I will weigh 200 lbs.

  • We want to quantify our goals.

  • To make a goal measurable, we need to be able to see progress over time.

  • Say your goal is to write a novel.

  • How do we make it measurable?

  • You will need to make it very specific and measurable by going into more detail which

  • you can track.

  • A specific goal for writing a novel is: I will complete writing a 50,000 word novel.

  • Every goal should be actionable in terms of getting somewhere.

  • However, when writing goals, we are talking about writing it as an action.

  • A goal is actionable when it is immediately clear what action needs to be taken to accomplish

  • it.

  • A simple way to make items actionable is to begin them with a verb.

  • So try this: I will read 24 books.

  • The 'R' in the equation is relevant or relatable.

  • Is your goal relevant or relatable to your life?

  • When you are setting goals, this is the pragmatic look at what you want to do.

  • When you set a goal you need to think about your current situation.

  • Some people will tell you to make a '10X Goal,' create a goal that is nearly impossible

  • to force you to stretch yourself.

  • While I think this is good, it's not for the first timer, or for someone struggling at

  • their goals.

  • You need to create goals you can accomplish at your stage in life.

  • Are you a father of three small children who works two jobs?

  • You may not be able to workout 3 hours a day if you want to reach 3% body fat.

  • Try this: I will decrease my percent body fat by 10%,

  • my start percent is X.

  • Every goal needs a deadline.

  • Why?

  • So you are forced to take action in a certain timeframe.

  • Simply saying you will do something isn't good enough.

  • You need to say when you will complete it.

  • This way you will need to map your path to success.

  • Otherwise, you will always have the goal but never have urgency to accomplish it.

  • Going back to the novel example: I will write a 50,000 word novel by December

  • 31st.

  • Evaluate - This is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to your goals.

  • We need to regularly evaluate our progress.

  • When I ask people how often they looked at their goals, they say “A few times over

  • the year.”

  • This is why people fail at their goals.

  • I evaluate my goals every month and every week I read them.

  • This helps me to remember what I am trying to do and makes sure I take action every week.

  • If there is anything you do differently about your goals, this needs to be it.

  • Reward - Every goal and milestone needs a reward.

  • We love getting something for a job well done.

  • And when we are working towards our dreams, these little earned items help us to celebrate

  • our milestones and be ready for the next step.

  • Here is an example of a reward for paying off debt:

  • Pay off debt by December 31st.

  • Buy one thing for $100 you would never buy for yourself.

  • You may have really struggled with goals before.

  • And if you're like me, you might have even failed all of the goals you set for yourself

  • in a year.

  • But this doesn't have to be true of you anymore.

  • You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change

  • the ending.”

  • - C.S. Lewis I love this quote because it reminds me how

  • the goals we set for ourselves now, no matter our age or station in life, will help us change

  • our story in the end.

  • They will help us chase our dreams and see them come true.

When it comes to chasing our dreams the only way I know to track our progress is to create

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    jeremy.wang posted on 2020/03/30
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