Now, clearly some of these are achievable in the short term while others will take longer. Some will obviously take more work than others.
Each objective should be broken down into several small, achievable goals that will help you get where you want to go. Good goals should have SPIRIT!
Be specific about what you want or don’t want to achieve. The result should be tangible and measurable. “Get organized” is pretty ambiguous; “Organize my desk and filing cabinet” is specific.
Reward yourself at different points in the goal, particularly if it’s long-term. If your goal is to establish a consulting business, you might purchase a piece of artwork for your new office after you have written your business plan and discussed it with your accountant.
The goal must be something that you want to do. If your parents want you to become a doctor and you have no interest in medicine, you’re not going to want to work towards the goal.
Review your progress periodically. Does the goal make sense? Are you stuck? Do you need to adjust certain parts of it? Could you work with a coach?
Frame the goal positively. Make it fun to accomplish. You could make a poster of the end result, frame it, and post it on the wall.
Give yourself a deadline for achieving the goal. Even better, split the goal into small parts and give yourself a deadline for each item.
Use action verbs in your goals, like:
Watch out for vague phrases like: