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What are your goals for this year? Not just your professional goals, but your personal goals. In Napoleon Hill’s classic, Think and Grow Rich he interviewed the most successful icons of his day and one of the conclusions he came to was that in order to be successful you have to set goals and then develop a time based plan to reach those goals.

Many of us start every year making New Year’s resolutions. So many of us abandon those before the end of the first month that it’s become a cliché. As a result, many people decide not to set goals because they don’t want to take the risk of not achieving them.

Be brave. Take a chance on yourself. Decide what your goals are then set yourself up for success by making them SMART goals. This phrase has been around for as long as any of us can remember but how many of us actually structure our goals this way. SMART goals are: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Based.

So instead of: I’m going to start a business this year

      • Specific: I’m going to start a pet-sitting business this year
      • Measurable: I will have my first client within one month of my April 1st launch and I will grow my business so I have five clients by the end of the year.
      • Achievable: I will set up on Rover.com first. Then I will obtain magnetic signs for my car. I will establish good client relationships and provide reliable service. My business will grow through referrals and by people seeing my car as I drive to and from customers.
      • Relevant: Pet-sitting will allow me to augment my current income this year.
      • Time-Based: Within two months I will launch my pet-sitting business.

The SMART goal: By April 1st I will launch my pet-sitting business which will allow me to financially benefit from my love of animals. By the end of the year I will have grown my business through repeat business and customer referrals to five recurring clients.

Once you define your goals, write them out and place them where you’ll see them at the beginning of each day. At the end of each day review them again and make a commitment to what you’re going to do to reach them the next day.

By doing this every day you will Live Your Goals.