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The Art of the S.M.A.R.T. Goat (Part 3)

By Mike T. Smith

Open Mike for webNo kid ever says, “When I grow up I just want to take what life gives me.
The goal is survival.” Nope, that has never happened. Kids are dreamers. They’re goal setters, but as the years pass we lose sight of goals and become content (notice I didn’t say happy) with simply surviving. This includes yours truly. The great thing is at any moment you can decide to get back to that exciting part of your life.
Get back to goals setting again. It is one of the things that keep life exciting and evolving.
I often say that the day someone stops setting goals is the day that they lose their zest for life. There is a simple concept to goal setting and application. It’s way more effective than the  “Let’s throw it against the wall and see what sticks’ approach most people run with. It’s called S.M.A.R.T. goals. Notice the dots between the letters.
That means its official and you should take it seriously.  Let’s dive into what each letter means and my take on it.
For your review here is where I explain ’S.’ http://millington­­art­of­the­s­m­a­r­t­goal/.
And here is where I explain ‘M.’  http://millington­­art­of­the­s­m­a­r­t­goal­part­2/Now, without further ado let’s talk about ‘A.’
A ­ Attainable. Are your goals attainable? The better question is, “Do you feel that you are worthy to achieve this goal?”
The biggest battle everyone faces is the battle within the mind. If you don’t feel like you are worthy of it? Or if you feel like you will never get it, your actions and attitude will create the environment so that you are proven right. Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, either way you’re right.” Staying with our goal of losing weight? You want to lose 15 pounds. Do you feel like that number is attainable. Do you believe that you are worthy? Do you really believe that you have what it takes to achieve it? YOU decide whether or not it’s attainable.
That’s the ’A’ in S.M.A.R.T. goals. Tune in to the next OPEN MIKE as we discuss goal setting further. Don’t forget to share this article so others can benefit from this.
Mike T. Smith is a youth motivational speaker that simplifies success for today’s teen. For a freeguide on helping the teen in your life visit and sign up for newsletter.
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