What are your Goals?
By Keith Bunn Jr.
December 30, 2012
Now that we all survived the Apocalypse of 2012, have you figured out you goals for 2013 yet? Now I have to be fair and honest with this topic, I am horrible about setting goals, and because of that, it seems that most, to all the things I wanted to do this past year didn't get done. So one of my goals this year is to set some goals and here's how I'm going to do it with these 5 steps.
1) Be specific.
For example: If one of your goals is to get out of debt, don't just write down that you're going to pay off debt. Instead, write down that you're going to pay off X, Y, Z debts
2) Make your goals measurable.
How do you know if you've achieved the goals, if they're not measurable. Taking the example from above, how many debts do you want to pay off this year? 3, 5, 10, how many? Or you could give it a dollar amount. Write down that you want to pay off $2000, $5000, or whatever you decide.
3) Are they your goals?
These goals have to be yours! Or if its a joint goal with your spouse, you both have to agree with it. You have to take ownership of it or it won't work. This has to be something you want to do or again, it won't work.
4) Set a time limit.
You have to set yourself a deadline for when you have to have your goals accomplished by. Using our same example, don't just write down that you're going to pay X debt or $2000, but write down that you're going to pay X debt or $2000 by Feb 28th or whatever you decide the deadline should be.
5) Put them in writing.
It astounds me that when you put your goals down on paper, they will get done compared to if you type them up on a computer or keep them in your head. So give your goals a fighting chance, write them down.
Now don't just write down your goals and stash them some place and never look at them again. Look at and go over them often and don't be discouraged if a new goal pops up and you have to put a current goal on hold or postpone it for another time. Just keep going!
I only have 2 questions for you this week.
1) What are your goals for 2013?
2) If you set goals differently than what I've outlined here, what do you do that's different?
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