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Someday I want to …

Someday I want to …

Recognizing an opportunity is the end of the sentence that starts with, “Someday I want to …”

In other words, it’s your bucket list. It is not just a dream. In order to make those ambitions reality, you have to set a goal and start taking action.

I talk to a lot of people who are inspired by my travels and want to do exciting things like moving overseas, but once the rubber hits the road and they find out it is not as easy as it sounds, they abandon their plans. Achieving a dream requires work, some more than others. And taking a risk is challenging.

Notice I wrote “challenging”—not “impossible.” Many people get scared when confronted with the ladder they must climb in order to reach their goal. They look up and the top is so far away, it seems insurmountable. The obstacle isn’t actually the work of reaching the goal; it’s the fact that the goal is eclipsed by the climb.

We get off course from our goal when it becomes obscured by the path we must travel to reach the end. That’s why recognizing an opportunity and setting a goal is such an integral part of your toolbox.

It’s the banner you’ll hold high as you charge into battle; it’s the prize at the end of a tough match.

Lose sight of the opportunity, and you can lose altogether.  Someday never happens…

The statistics alone on goal setting are compelling. But tell me, in your life, why do you need goals? Why do they really matter?

Let’s talk numbers.

The Houston Chronicle published a study not long ago on the number of Americans with goals—specifically hand- written goals. The numbers are shocking.

80 percent of Americans do not have goals.

16 percent have goals, but they are not written down.

Less than 4 percent have written goals.

Less than 1 percent review their goals regularly.

The 1 percent group also earns NINE TIMES more money over the course of their lifetimes than those who don’t write down their goals and review them regularly.

When it comes to goal-setting, I can’t think of a better inducement. But it is not enough simply to have a goal. If you’re going to set a goal, make sure it is a SMART goal.

A SMART goal is:

S—Specific

M—Measurable

A—Attainable

R—Relevant

T—Time-bound

To read more about SMART goals, please see Chapter 5 of my book. The chapter is entitled “Recognize an opportunity and set a goal”. I can’t think of a better time to begin setting (and ACHIEVING) goals than the beginning of a new year. Join me. Let’s do it!  Make that “someday” TODAY!

(Above is an excerpt from my book, “Riskformation” – How Smart Risk Taking Will Transform Your Life. Hardcopy, paperback and Kindle versions can be found on Amazon. Audible is available as of today, 12/28/16. iTunes and Amazon audiobooks will be for sale at the beginning of 2017).

~Anne