For as long as I can remember I have been a person who has set goals for myself. Whether they were easily attainable or outright outlandish, I've always thrived under the self-imposed pressure of trying to reach that goal.
So when Josh and I decided to start up our business together, one of the first things we did was come up with a list of goals – aspirations broken down into 3 months, 6 months and one year chunks.
As we reached one, we would cross it off. It was motivating and goddamn exciting to see our goals slowly being achieved and it is something we still do today.
In fact, one of the first things we did when arriving in Thailand was hit up a place called Freedom Beach (seemed appropriate) to write up our 2013 goals.
While some goals may have fallen by the wayside – like Josh becoming a Muay Thai Master – others have been realized, even coming to fruition a month before their deadline – like our recent achievement of reaching the 5 figures a month goal!
After chatting with a few of our buddies here about goal setting it was further drilled into my mind just how crucial setting goals, and more importantly, writing them down really is.
It has even been reported that those who physically write out their goals are 33% more likely to achieve them. How's that for a reason to grab a pen?
Not only that but goal setters are also said to have more clarity, are more motivated, focused, accountable and are better equipped to keep their priorities in line.
Eager to set your own goals and start ticking each one of the list? Consider using the SMART method to craft them:
S – Specific (or Significant)
M – Measurable (or Meaningful)
A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented)
R – Relevant (or Rewarding)
T – Time-bound (or Trackable)
Once you have created a solid list of things you would like to achieve, love to achieve and hope to achieve you can start taking steps towards realizing each one of those dreams.
It is completely possible. You just have to trust in yourself and your ability to make it all happen.
I have faith in you.