Let’s be clear. A successful mindset does not mean you are “successful.” You could be, but that is not what we are going for today. A successful mindset means that at the end of the day, you are at peace with yourself and your business. You are ready to get back out there tomorrow and do what needs to be done. There are so many ways to define success that its significance becomes convoluted attempting to roll everyone’s definition all into one.
Here are five keys to a mindset that can be a strong construct on your road to success.
If you don’t know where you want to go, then how are you going to get there? A good number of us have never been taught how goals can apply to our daily lives. Goals haven’t been imperative because we haven’t been instructed on just how helpful they can be. But they can be vital if you decide to take them seriously.
There is an acronym for goal setting that is widely used but is quite effective. It is the SMART goal criteria. Each letter stands for a different characteristic of setting a good goal.
S — Specificity. The more specific the better. The big goal could be losing 50 pounds. But it would be much attainable if you were to break it down into 10 pound increments.
M — Measurable. Your goal must have the ability to be measured. A non-measurable goal would be, “I’d like to get thinner.” Neither specific nor measurable.
A — Actionable. You need to identify specific tasks you can complete that will bring you closer to achieving your goal. (“Exercise 30 minutes a day.”)
R — Realistic. Your goals cannot be pie in the sky if they are to be taken seriously. They must be attainable. This doesn’t mean you can’t dream big, however your goals must be something you can realistically achieve in a reasonable amount of time. (Which brings us to … )
T — Time-bound. Your goals must be time sensitive. Losing 50 pounds is great, but when are you going to do it? You need to determine a time frame. Otherwise, it is just a wish.
And the best guarantee you’ll achieve each SMART goal you set? You MUST write it down.