Thursday, September 23, 2010
Are you getting close?
I have always believed in the limitless of the human potential. For as long as it can be done in the physical world, then it can be achieved by anyone.
But in anything that you want to get done, a plan must be set out in order to clearly see what it really is. Goals must be set in order to give direction to what you want to achieve.
I believe that goals are dreams with action plans. without it then it will only remain a dream. "No ship sets sail without a destination." but for everyone, "where do you want to go?" what does success really mean to you? for most people it will be time and financial freedom! but the question is, how do you really set effective goals that you can achieve?
First, take a look at your life, with whatever you are doing right now, is it going to bring you to your success? if not then look for other options. this is the first step, even if you are the best person, but you are riding the wrong vehicle, you will definitely not get there.
Next, Be SMART. As Covey shared in the 7 habits:
Begin with the End in mind - Create a mental image of how you want your life to look like, is it a life of success or a life that is stuck somewhere? you should already be able to see your life 5, 10, 20 years from now.
Specific - In terms of what you want to get, create specifics already, what type of house you want to live in, what color of car you want to drive, how much time you want to spend with your family, which countries you want to go visit and etc. be very specific in the things that you really want, if not you won't know that you are already getting it.
Measurable - Dream big so you can achieve big, know really how much you need to get to where you want. how much income, how much assets, how much. so you will have a clear picture of the exact things that you need to get. Financially, start with your float level, an income that can make you survive, then go for your income and eventually double triple and determine your desired income.
Attainable - This part is relative to anybody, but for as long as you believe that it can be done, then it can. Set goals that will be attainable for you in the present. Don't expect to get a million dollars tomorrow if you haven't done anything in the past.
Realistic - Make sure your goals are possible in the real world. Don't wish to steal the moon and hold it in the palm of your hands! (you don't have the shrink ray :)) Be clear on the things the you want and make sure that it is real for you. Associate yourself with successful people so that you will get to see what "reality" is. and that it can be done.
Time bound - Set goals that have a deadline. do not believe that you are going to get it "someday", its almost equivalent to "never". Set out short term and long term goals. What you want to get in a month, 3 months a year, 5 or 10 years out. this way it creates a sense of urgency in you to help you achieve it in this lifetime.
These are just some ways on how you set your goals straight. keep in mind that goals not written and with out action will only be wishes.
again, "With what you're currently doing right now, ARE YOU ON TRACK?" if you are in a job, then you can compute using this formula: (monthly salary x 12 months) - (monthly expenses) x (years of work) = total life savings. then ask yourself will you get there?? if not, then what are your options??
we'll talk about that in the next article.