“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” ― Zig Ziglar

“I am sooo busy.” sighed Mary.
“Busy with what?” asked Jim.
“I don’t know. I gotta do this and that and then this and then that.” exclaimed Mary.
“IS that taking you closer to your goals?” questioned Jim.
“I guess so…” whipshered Mary.
“Do you have goals?” asked Jim again.
“Sure I do.” shot out Mary.
“Well, what are they?” asked Jim.
“Let’s see. Hmm, I wanted to do this someday.”

“That doesn’t sound like a very clear goal. I suggest you sit down and write out some. Do you know what SMART stands for? It’s a good start to goal setting. There are lots of sources out there on goal setting such as Darren Hardy, Jim Rohn, Brian Tracy, and etc.” explained Jim
“What’s SMART stand for?” asked Mary this time.
“Glad you asked. It stands for Specific, measurable, Attainable, Relative, and Timely.”
“Can you give me some examples?” asked Mary.
“Sure, for example..” said Jim

  • “I will lose 10 lbs over 3 months, so that is a little less than a 1 lb a week by doing exercise for 30 minutes a day, walking 10,000 steps daily, and not eating more than this plate size”
  • “I am writing and posting a blog entry every day for at least 15 minutes about food I love”
  • “I am studying 2 hours a day for the XYZ certification, which I have signed up for the exam in 3 months (specific date is better) to help me with my current job”

“Wow. Ok I get it. I can do that.” said Mary.
“Yes, it’s pretty easy to make SMART goals. Next challenge is work on them daily. That’s why it is important to break them into small pieces where you know can set aside the time.”
“Makes sense.”
“Yes, and I will warn you it can get boring so you gotta make it a game or challenge. Track your results if possible. Hold yourself accountable.” explained Jim.
“Got it. Thanks Jim.”
“You’re welcome. Good luck in achieving your dreams!” smiled Jim.

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