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Turning Dreams Into Attainable Goals

By: Elite Legacy Education, February 28, 2018

I bet there is not a single person who has never said “I wish I could do this” or “one day I want to do that.” There’s absolutely nothing wrong with having dreams and aspirations––rather, it’s encouraged. The problem is that very rarely do people actually sit down and think about how these dreams could become attainable. That being said, there is no excuse for you to keep on holding onto dreams without creating a plan of action. It takes a special type of person to do this, so why can’t it be you? It may surprise you, but the process of breaking down dreams and turning them into attainable goals is actually quite straightforward.

 

The first step to translating dreams into goals.

I’m sure that we’ve all heard about SMART goals at some point in our lives. Even if you haven’t, there’s no better time to learn than right now. This is the structure you’ll want to follow for setting actionable and descriptive goals. Think about those dreams and things you wish to do “one day” so you can apply these qualities:

  • Specific: You need to be very specific about what it is that you want. There’s no more time for being broad and general with your dreams, so get down to the very detail. Try visualizing exactly what it is that you want and translate this into words.
  • Measurable: How will you know when you’ve achieved your goal? Setting benchmarks in terms of time or performance are useful for tracking your progress.
  • Attainable: Of course, your goal must be attainable and reasonable at that. In the case that it isn’t there are a couple of options. Either it is unrealistic altogether, or you may need some preceding subsets of goals to build up to this goal of yours.
  • Relevant: Is this goal relevant to the big picture of what you are trying to achieve or where you would like to be in life or business? If it isn’t, then you may want to adjust the scope of this goal so that it supports your current direction or the direction you would like to be headed in.
  • Timely: Just as we mentioned in the Measurable aspect, your goal will need to be tied to a timeline. After all, how will you know whether you’re on track to meeting your goal or whether it’s beginning to drag out longer than planned?

 

Be sure to stick to these characteristics when translating your dreams into descriptive goals, so you can create an action plan for success.

 

The second step is to work backwards from the big picture goals you just described.

Now that you’ve figured out where you want to go or what you want to achieve, it’s time to work backwards and reverse-engineer these goals. Depending on your particular goals, there are a number of ways to break your progress down into trackable units. You can break your goals down in terms of:

  • Daily units of what is to be achieved on a day-to-day basis. This is done by dividing your end goal by the number of days until you’d like to achieve it. Feel free to use a similar process for weekly, biweekly or monthly time units. Although, smaller is better since you will be held accountable for progress on a more frequent basis.
  • Milestones based on key activities. Consider the major tasks or performance levels that must be completed in the process. Set key milestones at particular dates to monitor and track your progress towards accomplishment.

 

The final step is to create actionable steps to meet each of your milestones.

How will you accomplish the required daily progress or meet each of your milestones? Now that you’ve laid out what needs to be done, it’s time to get to the specifics. From here, you can create an action plan to actually accomplish these daily, weekly or monthly milestones.

From this point on, you should naturally start to look at goals in both your personal and business life differently. All of those initiatives, projects and results you once dreamed of will now be within reach. Be sure to learn about all the ways Rich Dad Education can help you reach your goals.

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