Mar
21
2009

Make Your Goals Measureable

Personally writen by Kyle Edginton

In Be Specific About Your Dreams, I introduced you to the S.M.A.R.T. goal concept in which I explained that your goals and dreams have to be Specific, Measureable, Action-oriented, Reasonable, and Time-oriented. I also went into detail about the first – Specific. Today, I want to talk about Measureable.

There are two reasons why being able to measure your goals is important. Firstly, being able to measure your progress helps you see that you are in fact making progress. Making progress allows you to stay motivated and keep focused on those goals.

The second reason is that you need to know when you arrive. I touched on this last time when I talked about being specific. When you know what you want, you will know when you have it. If you do not know what you want, you may go on searching and searching, not realizing that you may be wasting energy on somehthing you have already accomplished and could be using that energy towards a new goal.

So how do you measure you goals?

The best way to do that is to break your goal down into smaller and smaller pieces so that you figure out what step to take next. These pieces could be either chunks of time or smaller tasks that need to be accomplished before the next one, or both. These smaller pieces are easier to understand and appreciate when you get started.

Let’s look at our previous example of becoming rich. Let’s assume that you decided that you wanted to accumulate a net worth of $1 million within 5 years. What you would do is break this beast down into more manageable chunks of money in smaller time periods. For example, a linear example would be to break it down as follows:

$200,000 in one year
$50,000 per quarter
$16,667 per month
$4,167 per week
$595 per day.

Once you have gotten to this point, you will agree that figuring out how to make $595 is probably easier than making $1 million. Of course, the breakdown you use depends on how you plan to make the money.

Not every goal will be centered around money, so let’s look at different example. How about running a marathon. You are not going to go out and run a full marathon your first time out. You need to start off by running shorter distances. Depending on your level of fitness, you may even need to start out by getting of the couch and going for a walk.

The purpose of this is to break down your goal in pieces small enough that you can feel comfortable in achieving them. You cannot expect to go out and knock one out of the park on your first attempt. What you need to do is to get up and get going. If it requires a series of very minor tasks to start off, then that is what you need to do.

Whatever your goal, the point is that it is easier to deal with smaller tasks or amounts that you can wrap your mind around and actually commit to achieving. Once you do achieve the first stage of your goal, you can move on to the next. As you get more and more accomplishments under your belt, you start to build a habit of success and this habit makes it easier and easier to achieve the bigger ones ahead.

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