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Your Dreams Are Worthless Unless You Turn Them Into SMART Goals

If you want for yourself to be successful, dreaming is not enough. Although it’s good to dream, to get inspired by what’s possible and what could be achieved, you still have to transcend dreaming and get to the stage of actually planning and doing!

A PRE-accomplished dream needs to be called A SMART Goal to rise above the filth. Smart stands for 5 words that will differentiate between accomplishable goals and vain wishes, so do your homework and do it well!

S: Specific

Be specific in your goal choice to prevent confusion and sizable stages that may be hard to get to. The clearer your mind is about this aim the more defined it will be. Why, what and how are the get go’s of this part, the starting points of your first goal which will be a success in the nearer future.

M: Measurable

Measure your continuous work on this goal, your progress will determine whether or not your target will be attained. Look back as the days pass at the development your work has gone through and this advance small or big will motivate you more to finish your work on time.

A: Achievable

Your goal should be something that you can actually do, some difficulties may be added to make it more challenging but the path is already drawn in your mind and it is certainly not impossible to accomplish it. You must have the natural or acquired power, the appropriate skills and the information gained by learning or experience about that certain goal you want to get to. Knowing that your goal is achievable and possible to reach, you will get motivated enough to work hard and be successful.

R: Realistic/Relevant

Your goal must have its feet on the ground, realistic enough to make you grasp the success later and relevant enough to want you desire the work you are about to do and start right away. It should be meaningful to you and your career. A goal worth putting in your curriculum vitae. You may brag about it for a long time and that would make you proud for the rest of your life.

T: Time-framed

Your goal has to be defined by a period of time: an hour, a day, a month, you have to be precise in choosing your time frame because it is psychologically important for the person who targets to know how much time does he/she have. The more limited the time is the faster the progress gets, and the personal motivation will just get higher and higher.

Dreaming big is great but aiming at SMART goals is greater.

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