"The more specific you can be about your goal, the greater your level of success will be," explain authors Tom Pandola and James W. Bird, in their book, Light A Fire Under Your Business."This is because once we have visualized something that doesn't yet exist, it causes our subconscious mind to make the decisions necessary to make that visualized goal a reality."
The authors explain that all goals must have these five elements:
- Goals must clarify a specific action or outcome.
- Goals must be measureable by being able to quantify the benefits of achieving them.
- Goals should be achievable with the resources available (or at least you should know that the necessary resources are in reserve and can be acquired).
- Goals must also be realistic for achieving based on your particular situation.
- Goals must also include the time period in which you want to achieve them. With a date or time period specified for completion, planning can be established in order for evaluating the progress toward goal achievement, something that can be measured and quantified.