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“Setting a vague goal is like walking into a restaurant and saying, “I’m hungry. I want some food.” You’ll stay hungry until you order something." — Steve Pavlina, author of Personal Development for Smart People and blogger at stevepavlina.com
- A Goal is a statement that describes precisely what you want to achieve.
- Goals are more useful if they are Framed in a Positive, Immediate, Concrete and Specific (PICS) format:
- Positive: your goal should be something you move toward, not away from.
- Immediate: your goals should be something that you decide to make progress on now, not “someday.”
- Concrete: it means that you’re able to see results in the real world. Achieve “happiness” is not a concrete goal.
- Specific: you have to define what, when and where you are going to achieve your goal.
- Your goals should be under your control, like “doing exercise” instead of “losing 20 pounds.”
- It’s ok to change your goals if you no longer feel good about them.
Questions for Consideration:
- What’s your desired end state? Have you defined a destination that your brain can use to plan what to do next?
- If you haven’t, can you set an arbitrary end state for now, leaving yourself open to course-correction as you progress?
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