What a revelation - actually utilizing something everyone learns in ANY basic business course. SMART goals. Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Relevant (or Realistic.) Timely.

It's easy to set goals, but is it really easy to set realistic goals? I draw attention to the "R" portion of that mnemonic mainly because I feel as though the most common downfall when setting goals, is the disappointment paired with falling short of your goal. As I touched on in an earlier post - millennials in general have a tendency to become easily dissuaded by a lack of gratification. It's easy to fall into this trip when you're constantly setting goals that are out of your reach.

So, focus on goals that follow this structure for the best results:

S - Specific. Answer the 6 w's - who, what, when, where, why, and which.

M - Measurable. Ask yourself, how many? How much? How will I know when it's been completed?

A - Achievable. Plan wisely and understand your self-image. Are you worthy of completing this? It's not a bad thing to be humble when creating goals. Small goals help you build up towards bigger ones.

R - Realistic. Fairly simple - are you WILLING to put in the work necessary to achieve this, and are you ABLE to?

T - Time-based goals. Keep everything within a time-frame. Without a sense of urgency, it's easy to get comfortable and lose sight of how important your goal might be.

Quite possibly common knowledge for most people in my network, but I realized how often I had strayed from practicing the use of SMART goals. They should always be integrated in your daily routines.