A Word on Setting Goals

We all know that one guy that’s obsessed with “self help” books and watching motivational YouTube videos revolving around getting rich and developing yourself as a “brand.” Half the time, it’s a clear marketing scam, and everyone in the room can see it except for him.

Surprisingly, there are some gold nuggets to be taken from those narcissistic fixations. For example, this guy is usually obsessed with setting goals for himself. The goals can be far fetched, bizzare, and somewhat comical. However, he’s on the right track; a track all of us should be on.

Setting personal goals is key for growth. They don’t need to be formal, nor do you need to write them down. At a minimum, you should have a long-term idea for the future to keep in the back of your head. Is this the most effective way to compartmentalize your goals? Probably not. However, it’s a start, and we all need a foundation to build upon.

The next best move would be making sure your goals are smart, or should I say, S.M.A.R.T. What makes something S.M.A.R.T.? Well, is it specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely? Having goals written out to meet these criteria allow for you to track them much more easily and efficiently.

We all have deep desires and passions that we wish we could pursue further. Keeping those thoughts unorganized and non-directional could impede on reaching those wants. So don’t be that guy; be S.M.A.R.T.