Able to step out of your comfort zone is very important. Once you are out of your circle, you’ll see a new horizon and experience exhilarating things. However, as mentioned in the article, Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone, breaking free from this is not an easy task. It is a daunting task. As you know, habits are hard to break, but if you set goals and take consistent small steps, you’ll soon discover that a new habit has been formed.

There are four different types of person – one without a goal; one with too many goals that they got loss in the process; one with a goal but focuses on the obstacles; and, one with a goal and focuses on achieving it. Which one are you?

By having a goal, you are giving direction to your life. You have a destination to where you want to go.

A lot of people define their goals each year, most of which are set at the beginning of the year (i.e., New Year’s Resolution), and they are often not achieved.

Why are they not achieved? There are two reasons for this – first, a clear goal was not set, and second, there is no definite plan on how to achieve it. To quote a famous saying, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

We often make vague goals without any definite deadline, such as “I’ll lose weight.” Without a definite goal, it will either take us a much longer time in achieving it or not at all. Specific goals will force you to focus on one thing than having have to go everywhere before reaching your goal.

How do you set a goal? We follow the acronym S-M-A-R-T in making our goal.

S – Specific

Your goal must not be ambiguous and unclear. Your goal must answer the following:

  1. What do I want to accomplish?
  2. Why did I set this goal?
  3. Who is involved?
  4. Where would the goal be fulfilled?
  5. What are the requirements or constraints that you will encounter?

M- Measurable

How will you measure your success? How would you know that you are making progress towards the completion of your goal?

A- Achievable

Your goal must be attainable and realistic. Do not worry if you don’t have the resources to achieve this goal right now. By setting your mind to your target, opportunities will open before you.

R – Relevant

Your goal must reflect what you desire and not in conflict. A goal that is in line with what you desire is more motivating to fulfill.

T- Time-bound

Lastly, your goal must have a deadline. You must set a definite date when you want to achieve your goal; otherwise you’ll start slacking off and keep delaying your plans.

Here’s an example of a SMART goal: “By the end of the year, I will finish learning the basics of Forex trading and start trading in a live account.”

Remember, if you have set a long-term goal, break it into several short-term goals. By doing so, you will find it easier to achieve your long-term goal as it will not look like intimidating task.