This post is part three in the Goal Setting Success series.
The difference between a wish and a goal is that a goal is specific, actionable, and measurable.
Wanting to “make lots of money” is a wish. Committing to making $10,000, by a specific date, doing a specific set of actions is a goal. It’s:
- Specific – make $10,000
- Actionable – a specific set of actions
- Measurable – by a specific date
It’s All In the Details
The more specific a goal is, the more likely you’ll achieve it. Writing out your goals does a few things:
- Focuses your mind on the results.
- Clarifies what you want.
- States to the Universe (or God, or your Higher Self, or whatever) that this is what you want.
- Identifies actions to take.
- Gives you a way to know when you’ve reached it.
Now you have a specific target to aim at. You have a direction, and can see detailed steps to take to get you there.
That is, on paper.
In the real world, things behave differently than on paper. And in my experience, things work out better.
Once to have a focused direction, opportunities and people start appearing to help you reach your goals.
This is what happens when you put your goals out in the wild, and we’ll cover that in part four.