What are the Characteristics of a Good Goal?
To make sure a goal unleashes the power of your subconscious mind, it
must meet two criteria. It must be stated in a way that you and
anybody else could measure it. I will lose 10 pounds is not as
powerful as I will weigh 135 pounds by 5 PM on June 30. The second is
clearer, because anybody can show up at 5 o'clock on June 30 and look
at the reading on your scale. It will either be 135 pounds or less or
not. Notice that the two criteria are how much (some measurable
quantity such as pages, pounds, dollars, square feet, or points) and
by when (a specific time and date).
What is the difference between a good goal vs a good idea
Jack Canfield, in "The Success Principles"
Goals should be specific and measurable. Jack Canfield says that when
there are no criteria for measurement, it is simply something you want,
a wish, a preference, a good idea. To reach your goals, the brain must
know exactly, precisely, what you are trying to accomplish. Never word a
goal with vague terms. Be specific! If you want to lose 8 pounds and
reach a weight of 175, specify those exact numbers. Your brain can help
you accomplish almost anything if it knows precisely what you are aiming
I want to lose weight - This is a good idea or wish. Unfortunately it is
not a goal as it is not specific. How can you tell whether you have
accomplished the goal?
I will weigh 185 pounds by 5 PM, January 1,2006 - Now this is a good
goal. We can check to see whether you have met the goal on January 1,
Your goals must be rational. It must be achievable.
To reach your goal, you will need a plan, a path, and a vehicle for
getting there. Your goals must make sense! When you explain them to
friends and family, your goals should create excitement, draw support,
and encouragement. Your goals should be just out of reach, but not out
of sight! You want to stretch to be your best, not strain after
impossible dreams. Set goals you CAN and WILL achieve!
Write Down Your Goals
A goal isn't a goal until you put it down on paper. Writing the goals in
detail gives clarity and specificity to your goals. Write it down as if
you are writing specifications for a work order. It should be easy for
someone else to track it down if necessary.
One good way is to make your goals into a poster or sampler. You can
also write it on a piece of paper and tape it to your refrigerator door,
bathroom mirror, dashboard of your car. This way you can see your goals
Tell others about your goal
After writing down the goals, say it out loud and then tell others about
We are far more likely to stick to our plan and reach our goals if we
know our friends and family support us. Being part of a team increases
our determination, our stamina, and our courage. DietBuddy will help you
in this task.
Caution: Never share your goals with anyone who may ridicule, tease or
discourage you! The world is full of doubters and you have no time for
them. But, find a support team, a group of cheerleaders, and a coach who
will encourage you every step of the way. Work with other winners!
1. Read the following articles:
The Top 10 Steps to Set and Achieve Your Goals - Every Time!
Top achievers know that the wording, structure, timing and format of a
goal can make it’s achievement much easier – or far more difficult.
Top achievers understand the basic skills for setting and reaching their
goals, every time! They know how to design goals that create success.
Here are the 10 most important steps to set and achieve your goals:
The Top 10 Secrets to Achieving Any Goal
Most of us have the experience of being unable to reach our goals. Here
are 10 steps that are almost like magic! They will help you reach your
goals, every time!
Top Ten Ways to Get Unstuck and Reach Your Goals
We all get stuck from time to time. Here are the top ten ways to get
Willingness Pays Off
When it comes to goal setting, and actually more importantly, goal
achieving, there are numerous things involved. Like knowledge of how-to,
and having the right tools, and the support of others. But there's
probably no more important ingredient in Goal Achieving than
2. Read chapter 7 from the Book, The
Success Principle by Jack Canfield. You can probably get this book from
your library. (If you cannot find the book, don't worry. Get some other
book on goal setting instead.
3. Write Down your goals
using these principles. Share it with your dietbuddies.
Next: Step 4: Your Goals Must Be