Goals should be a natural result of your Vision Statement. Just as we encouraged you to think of \”vision slices\” instead of just \”one whole pie,\” so also goals are often more definite versions of vision slices.
The ideal goal is what is known as a SMART goal:
- Specific – State your goal in clear, specific language, not vague like \”I am a good person.\”
- Measurable – You need some way to measure progress toward each goal, including whether you have met/finished the goal or not. Having some quantities like dollars and time – \”I am making $100,000 a year\” – ground the goal in the real world and help keep you on track. Don\’t expect to reach the goal instantly, but have some way to track your progress each day.
- Achievable – Don\’t set a goal of becoming the richest person in the world, or colonizing Mars in your lifetime. Stretch yourself to reach higher, but be sure it is achievable, or else you will set yourself up for disappointment.
- Realistic – Similarly, avoid fantasy goals such as \”I will marry Billie Eilish\” or \”My books will be better known than Shakespeare\’s.\” Aim high, but be realistic. If you are making $50,000 a year, a goal of doubling your income sounds realistic – assuming you can control the variables to make it happen.
- Timed – SMART goals have a timeframe or deadline for accomplishment, such as next year, within 10 years, or every day. Whatever fits your goal.
Vision Goals have less detail
If you can\’t figure out the details for your goal, you can always go for what we call a Vision Goal. Vision Goals are like mini-vision-statements. They are inspiring and stated in the present tense, usually beginning with \”I am…,\” but sometimes is is not possible to figure out all the specifics, measurements, timing etc. in advance.
A Vision Goal is similar to an affirmation, which is a positive statement, usually about yourself, such as \”I am strong and healthy.\” But instead the best Vision Goals are slices or derivatives of your Vision Statement, inspiring, energizing and as specific as possible. Don\’t be lazy by not even trying to make any goal somewhat concrete. But be realistic if your goal involves variables you cannot control.
Remember we said that while you can CONTROL your internal success factors of Mind, Body, Emotions and Spirit, you can only INFLUENCE your external success factors of Work, Relationships, Finances and Recreation. External success factors involve interactions with other people and things over which you do not have full control.
So likewise you can be more specific with an internal goal, but may need to be more \”visionary\” with external goals.
Some people do not like goals at all. They don\’t like the restraint, or they don\’t like the idea that if you set a goal you might fail, etc. So it\’s up to you to choose your goal style. Just don\’t leave your Vision Statement up in the clouds. Bring it down to earth using some form of goals for your Best Life Success System.
OK now how are you going to accomplish your goals? As with goals, you have two ways to turn your goals into action. Let\’s look at the next step, Actions.