By | Mike Sarraille | www.mensjournal.com
What if I told you there’s a secret to success? It’s not some ancient proverb that unlocks the meaning of life. Instead, it’s a simple framework that’ll help you achieve your goals and unlock your potential. Far too many people start working toward their goals without developing a clear plan. They’re so focused on the finish line that they fail to account for the dedication, commitment, and hard work it’ll take to cross it. They don’t understand that success doesn’t just happen: It’s a process. I’ll admit that achieving your goals won’t be easy, but that’s where the second part of the secret comes in. While the framework provides the tools, it’s still up to you to earn it, so roll up your sleeves.
Set a Goal
What do all successful people have in common? They set goals. That’s because setting goals allows you to envision the future you’d like to have and motivates you to make it a reality. The first step in this process is to select a worthy goal; it can’t be random or disposable. It must be worth your while. It’s also crucial that your goal is SMART, the acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based. That’s because success is much more likely when you set goals that are sharply defined and quantifiable; objective measurements help you track your progress, make corrections, and stay on track. If someone sets out to lose 20 pounds over the next 12 months, they have a much higher chance of success than someone whose goal is to lose weight. See the difference?