Sherry A. Phillips

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A Beginner’s Guide to Goal Setting

I have covered goal setting on this blog before. I think most people know how important that step is in creating the life you envision for yourself. You can read my thoughts here.

I frequently visit Michael Hyatt’s site for insights and tips on how to live a more authentic life and reach my goals. He had some great additional tips on goal setting for beginners. From Michael Hyatt:

1. Keep them few in number.

2. Make them “smart.” (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, Time Bound)

3. Write them down.

4. Review them frequently.

5. Share them selectively.

Michael goes into further details on his site about each step, but I think it dovetails nicely with my goal-setting post from a couple of years ago. In short, I met someone who had achieved her goals and she did so by starting where she wanted to be 20 years from now then worked backwards to 10 years, 5 years and finally 1 year. Then she went even further by breaking that year down by months, and finally what do I need to do today to meet my goal for the month?

I wholeheartedly agree with Michael that you should review your goals frequently. I see that as a motivational tool to remind yourself why you are doing what you’re doing. For me, it helps to remind myself why I get up at 4:45 Monday through Friday.

Have you set your life goals and are they S.M.A.R.T.?

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