There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it. – Napoleon Hill

It’s not enough to say the goal is ”To be happy’ or ‘great job’ or ‘more money’. We need to have clear, and quantifiable goals.

One of the reasons we can easily struggle to achieve our goals is when they are not clear. When they are not clearly defined, it stops us from being laser focused in the manner that is needed to see results. I love the above quote from Napoleon Hill, we must be definite in our purpose and clearly know what it is we want!

Being clear on our goals starts with ensuring it is strongly tied to our vision, personal mission statement or a strong ‘why’. Then the next step is to ensure our goals are SMART.

  • Specific: It should be less general, and clearly state what you intend to achieve
  • Measurable: It should be quantifiable to enable you measure completion; how long, how much, how many etc.
  • Achievable: It should be attainable, and not so ‘pie in the sky’ that it is impossible to meet.
  • Relevant: It should align with your vision and ‘why’ it truly matters to you
  • Time framed: It should have target dates for completion, and not be open ended

Determine what you want, when you want it by, and how you are going to get it. By being more intentional, you become focused and more likely to see greater results.

To Do: Revisit your goals, and apply the SMART rule. Be clear on what you want; and turn your dreams to goals, and goals to reality. Here are some tools to help you gain clarity and set SMART goals: Online Mission Statement Builder and Setting SMART Goals.

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Yvonne Ruke Akpoveta

Author, Inspirational Speaker, Change Consultant, and John Maxwell Leadership Coach & Teacher at OliveBlue Inc

I work with entrepreneurs, leaders and organisations to transition through change, drive results and achieve their goals. Author of the book “The Change You Want! Change Your Mindset, and Change Your Life”, as well as two other guide and workbooks on business and professional development.

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