What is the most important factor of success?

  1. IQ
  2. Self-confidence
  3. Will power

Answer= According to intelligence studies, the answer would be none of the above.

The #1 predictor of success is the habit of setting goals.

The best way to set yourself up for success is to make sure that your goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Using the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting technique is a proven way to create goals that you can stick with.

Make Your Goals SPECIFIC

Unclear or undefined goals aren’t going to help you reach success. You want to give yourself a precise goal so you know exactly what you’re working toward. A specific goal should answers the following questions:

  • WHO: Who will be involved in helping you reach your goal (including yourself)?
  • WHAT: What exact goal do you want to accomplish? Be very specific. Rather than “lose weight” or “get physically fit ” define those goals: “I will lose 15 pounds,” or “I will be able to run 5 miles.”
  • WHEN: When will you start and when will you reach your goal? 
  • HOW: How will you make this happen? These are the action steps to get you to your goal. If you want to lose 15 pounds in 9 months, your “how’s” might look something like: I will eat between 1,200 and 1,600 calories every day; I will workout for 1 hour 3 days per week; I will track my food and calories burned every day; and I will pack my lunch 5 days of the week.

Make Your Goals MEASURABLE

Now that you have some of the specifics of your goal written down, it’s time to figure out how you will measure your progress. Your goal is measurable if you can quantify your success using real numbers. Pounds lost,  or fitness minutes accumulated are examples of what measurable goals might look like.

Make Your Goals ATTAINABLE

It’s great to think big, but it’s also important that you don’t set a goal that is too big. A goal that’s attainable for you is one that you believe you can reach and have the means necessary to achieve. So if you plan to work out with a personal trainer but don’t have the extra money in your budget, that goal is not attainable for you.

To decide whether your goal is attainable, ask yourself honestly if you believe you can achieve it and have all the resources available to make it happen.  Do you have all the support, equipment, knowledge and resources needed to propel goals into action? If not, how can you revise your goal to make it more realistic?

Make Your Goals RELEVANT

You need to make sure that you’re choosing a goal that is for you and your lifestyle. Don’t create a goal because someone else thinks it’s something you “should” or “need “to do. If you truly want to succeed at your goal, it should be something that is meaningful and relevant to you.

To determine if your goal is relevant, ask yourself why you want to achieve it. So you can feel more confident? Or live a healthier life? Your why is important because it will keep you motivated throughout the process.

Make Your Goals TIMELY

Every goal should have an end date, which will help you stay on track. You should also set several “mini-deadlines” to keep you on track to reaching your big-picture goals.

Once you’ve set and begin to executed your SMART goals,be sure to revisit them often and revise them as needed.

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