I recently came across this definition of a goal: A goal is a dream with a deadline. The opposite is also true –
A goal without a deadline will remain a dream.
Some people set goals in their stride; people climbing the corporate ladder often do it in a structured way, defining a mission, vision, and long-term arrival point. I believe in setting goals for my own development and growth. I do the same for my business and career.
However, I have come to realise that one needs to put yourself in a state of mind where you believe, like a little child would, that what you want is perfectly possible. I also believe that goal setting should become a regular habit, like budgeting and following a healthy lifestyle.
The acronym SMART helps me to measure my goals and expectations. Keeping a record of my goals in a journal, links my conscious and subconscious mind and helps me to get exactly what I want out of life.