Apparently, rich people set goals too but the important part is, they accomplish them and there is a secret to setting goals that are S.M.A.R.T.E.R. 

1. Specific

Specific goals are needed so you gain clarity of what needs to be achieved. If you want to lose weight for example, exactly which area of your body needs to lose fat? How many calories do you need to consume on a daily basis? By when do you want to achieve your goal and how many kg do you want to lose? Be as detailed as possible so that you can also track your progress. 

2. Measurable

Numbers should be used, no matter what the goal is. If the resolution is walking more, how many miles do you plan on walking everyday? You should always be able to tell whether you are getting closer or further from your goal. Constant review of how you are doing is necessary to keep you in check. 

3. Attainable

Ridiculous goals like “I want to be a millionaire by the end of the year” when you do not have a serious plan will not help you achieve anything. Everything you do will be deemed not enough because of the enormity of the goal and soon, you will stop doing anything altogether, making no progress whatsoever. 

4. Relevant

Your goals need to be relevant to whatever you are doing now. Learn to prioritise the correct goals. For example, if you have been warned by your doctor, perhaps exercising should be the goal that is most relevant to you. Health is more important than anything else so put the rest of the goals behind getting fit and get fit the right way. 

5. Time-bound

Sometimes, humans cannot operate without a deadline. Procrastination is a trait that most human beings have. If we are not given a deadline, we might never see to it that a task gets done. Hence, it is important to make sure that the goal must be completed by a certain time frame. 

6. Evaluative

When it comes to this point, it is about the quality and not the quantity. How well the goal has been achieved and what can be done to achieve it? Perhaps there’s a better way or more efficient way to bring you closer to the end of the goal. You can also ask yourself what’s next to expand on your goal. 

7. Revisable

Not everything has to be set in stone. For example, if your goal is to save a huge amount of money this year but perhaps, something happened along the way such as an accident or you fell sick or you fell and you require an operation. Do not be disheartened and know that you can bounce back and try to save again. Don’t stop saving altogether but pick up the pieces slowly and start again. 

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